In the past two decades, Oklahoma has had about a dozen inmates freed because of forensic DNA testing. That's hardly a sign of systemwide problems, but one wrongful conviction for such serious crimes is one too many.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which would be involved in testing, backs HB 1068 as does a panel of attorneys headed by former Attorney General Drew Edmondson that studied wrongful convictions. Edmondson said that even if the percentage of wrongful convictions in Oklahoma is minuscule, “we should still do everything we can to see that it does not happen.”
He's right. The Legislature should send this bill to the governor for her signature.