Gov. Reynolds signs bill to give Iowans more access to DNA evidence

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DES MOINES — Governor Reynolds signed a bill on Thursday that will give Iowans more access to DNA results. 

Previously, Iowa’s legal system has made it tricky to get access to DNA for retesting. In the bill, Iowans wil have more access in the post conviction process. 

Local 5 spoke to Tricia Bushnell who is the Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project. She calls this bill a win for their cause. 

“What that means is that people who are convicted can ask for DNA testing in order to prove their innocence and the new changes make it easier for them to access that,” says Bushnell. 

The main change focuses on eligibility requirements when accessing DNA. This bill eliminates the restrictive laws that kept evidence away from the accused. 

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