Help End Wrongful Convictions
When the innocent go to prison, the guilty
go free. Herman Atkins spent 12 years in prison for a crime
he didn't commit-hear his story, then help fix California's
criminal justice system.
Three bills in the California Legislature
would help prevent the most common causes of wrongful conviction:
Senate Bill 511 (Alquist) will require the electronic
recording of police interrogation in cases involving homicides
and other violent felonies.
Senate Bill 756 (Ridley-Thomas) will require the
appointment of a task force to draft guidelines for the
conduct of police line-ups and photo arrays to increase
the accuracy of eyewitness identifications.
Senate Bill 609 (Romero) will require the corroboration
of testimony by jailhouse informants.
The California Commission on the Fair Administration
of Justice-a group of law enforcement officers, prosecutors
and defense attorneys-has recommended all three reforms. These
reforms will help protect the innocent and make sure the guilty
ACTION: Urge your State Assembly Member to support these bills.