Friday, August 08, 2008


Tennessee Does Not Preserve DNA Evidence

In the ABA's 2007 report on Tennessee's death penalty system, Tennessee fully complied with only 7 of 93 guidelines for a fair and accurate system. The lack of preservation of DNA evidence was one of the failures of Tennessee's system.

An article in yesterday's Tennessean highlights issues such as extra costs and storage space as reasons why Tennessee and other states are not preserving evidence. Surely avoiding the execution of an innocent person would trump "storage" as a priority in Tennessee. Here is yet another issue for the Study Committee to examine.

Read the article here.
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