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Will DNA Testing Help Those Wrongfully Imprisoned to be Freed?

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Host Naimah Latif

Host Naimah Latif


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Many are serving prison sentences for violent crimes they claim they did not commit. Today's science of DNA testing can examine the evidence left at the scene of a crime - strands of hair, bits of skin, etc. - and can determine the identity of the person involved. This presents new opportunities to be found innocent, if the government would be willing to conduct the tests. Johnnie Savory, accused at age 14 of committing a murder, spent 30 years in prison before being set free. He has maintained his innocence all these years and now is demanding that DNA tests be performed on evidence gathered at the murder scene in order to clear his name. The State of Illinois has finally agreed to perform the necessary testing. His case has prompted several others to be freed after DNA testing proved their innocence, and to receive compensation for their wrongful imprisonment.  How have been imprisoned for crimes they did not commit? Can DNA testing finally make our criminal justice system more just?