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Issue Position: Innocence Protection Act

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Issue Position: Innocence Protection Act

Reducing the Risk that Innocent Persons May be Executed

The Innocence Protection Act is a comprehensive package of criminal justice reforms aimed at reducing the risk that innocent persons may be executed. Most importantly, the bill will: (1) Ensure that convicted offenders are afforded an opportunity to prove their innocence through DNA testing (2) Help States to provide competent legal services at every stage of a death penalty prosecution (3) Enable those who can prove their innocence to recover some measure of compensation for their unjust incarceration and (4) Provide the public with more reliable and detailed information regarding the administration of the nation's capital punishment laws.

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