A survey released on Monday has shown that most New Yorkers support the passage of a law that would help free more innocent people from prison.
Based on the poll conducted by Data for Progress, 76% of voters in the Empire State support a package of bills that could help end wrongful convictions.
The bills would bar deceptive interrogation tactics, require minors to consult with a lawyer before waiving their Miranda right, and allow more people who pleaded guilty to crimes they did not commit to have their cases reviewed.
According to reports, 87% of Democrats back the bills, and 63% of Republicans also support the measures.
Sources said the centerpiece of the package being considered by the Democrat-controlled Legislature is the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act, which would give innocent people the ability to clear their names without the assistance of DNA evidence, provide a right to postconviction discovery and establish a right to counsel for those with wrongful conviction claims.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brooklyn) would also assist New Yorkers who plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit.