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Relating to the consideration of a subsequent writ of habeas corpus in certain felony cases.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 187 would permit a court to review a second application for a writ of habeas corpus from a felony convict whose first application was denied if a state attorney in the relevant jurisdiction agrees to the court reviewing it.
Texas Action supports HB 187 because it would provide a new procedural tool for those wrongfully convicted to regain their liberty. Wrongful conviction is among the most serious violations of individual liberty that a government can inflict. Inmates with genuine claims of innocence should be entitled to a second look when a prosecuting attorney in their jurisdiction believes that their claim ought to be reviewed.