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Op Ed: Addressing the Causes of Wrongful Convictions

On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the Houston Chronicle featured a must-read op ed from State Senator Rodney Ellis and Cory Session, the policy director for the Innocence Project of Texas and the brother Timothy Cole.  The op ed addresses the recent recommendations issued by the Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions.  According to Ellis and Session,

“Texas has spent countless taxpayer dollars building prisons and incarcerating the second highest number of people in the country. But we have failed to adequately invest in essential procedures to protect the rights and safety of our citizens, or at least ensure that we only send guilty people to prison. That’s not being tough on crime. That’s bad policy.”

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