Wrongful convictions will be more in scope with barriers removed in California, with the approval under Governor Gavin Newsom with legislation that would ease the exoneration process.
Senate Bill 97 was signed into law this year, introduced by Senator Wiener, D-San Francisco, that will take away many barriers to overturning wrongful convictions, said Weiner's office last weekend.
California is the number one state to lead exonerations for wrongfully convicted individuals, with over 200 convictions from 1989 to 2013. Turning over a wrongful conviction still has challenges and is tedious despite exonerations, according to Weiner's office.
To simply this, SB 97 will be a front force in the overturning process for those falsely accused, the office said.
"Enabling innocent people to avoid unjust criminal penalties makes our justice system stronger," Wiener said in a statement. "I thank the Governor for supporting this necessary reform."
Judges will also be a bearing factor in how a prosecutor impacts a person's conviction, especially when they are wrongly charged and convicted, with disbarring “obstructive technical requirements to ensure that courts can fairly and fully examine newly discovered evidence, and give an exonerated person the ability to have continuous counsel if tried again,” according to NBC.
SB 97 will mandate that those who are falsely accused to have adequate legal representation throughout the litigation process.