HB 3872

85(R) - 2017
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate Criminal Justice
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate Criminal Justice
Criminal Procedure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
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  • Positive


Eddie Lucio III


Jose Menendez

Bill Caption

Relating to a motion for forensic DNA testing of certain evidence previously subjected to faulty testing. 

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would modify the code of criminal procedure to allow certain individuals who have been convicted of a crime to apply for a writ of habeas corpus. If DNA test results from a laboratory that has since been deemed to engage in faulty testing practices was presented as evidence in a convicted person’s trial, they may be granted relief if this bill passes. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Our system of justice must protect against wrongful conviction. This bill helps in that pursuit and in so doing upholds our commitment to individual liberty. 

Organizations Supporting

Texas Public Policy Foundation