WE DID IT! Thanks to you – your phone calls, your tweets, your emails – Pennsylvania’s convicted innocent have new hope. Governor Tom Wolf signed two bills into law that will greatly improve the ability of people convicted of crimes they did not commit get access to justice.
- SB 915 gives people more time to file a petition in court when new evidence of innocence is uncovered, and
- SB 916 allows those who pleaded guilty or who have served their sentence to request DNA testing so they can get the evidence needed to secure their freedom.
We are so grateful to Rep. Tedd Nesbit and Rep. Joanna McClinton for their stalwart leadership in the House, and our 2018 Champion of Justice Senator Stewart Greenleaf for being our champion in the Senate. And, of course, Governor Tom Wolf for swiftly signing the bills into law and not delaying justice even another day.
We have other battles to fight – compensation for the exonerated, recording suspect interrogations, better lineup procedures across Pennsylvania. But today, we celebrate.
Keep with us – we’re just getting started. Together we can all #Act4Innocents!