Legislative Reform

The EJC works with innocence clinics to advocate for legislative reforms that will prevent wrongful convictions from happening in the first place.

Most recently, the EJC worked with the Innocence Project and IU McKinney School of Law Wrongful Conviction Clinic in Indiana to enact evidence preservation legislation.  In July 2022, H.B. 1144 was enacted into law, which requires that certain evidence in the possession or control of an Indiana law enforcement agency that could be subjected to DNA testing and analysis be preserved for twenty (20) years from the date that the defendant’s conviction becomes final.  This legislation ensures that biological evidence that could prove a defendant’s innocence is available for DNA testing.