Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2011
Contact: Jeremy Warren, 512-463-0113

Ellis, Exonerees Urge Quick Legislative Action on Criminal Justice Reforms

Time is running out Cole Advisory Panel recommendations to, improve justice in Texas

(Austin, Texas)—Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and men wrongfully convicted by the state of Texas today urged swift legislative action on Tim Cole Advisory Panel policy recommendations. With time running out on the 82nd Legislative Session, the clock is ticking on critical legislative initiatives such as eyewitness identification reform, expanded DNA-testing, providing health insurance to exonerees, and other recommendations to improve justice in Texas.

"The clock is ticking, said Ellis. "There are less than three weeks left in this session, so further delay is justice denied. We know the problems, we have solutions. Let's stop the delay to prevent these tragedies from happening in the future."

Ellis, Cory and Ruby Session, Johnnie Lindsey, Thomas McGowan, James Giles and Charles Chatman called on the House and Senate to end the delay on several reform efforts, including:

"Eyewitness reform, expanded DNA-testing and providing health insurance to those wrongfully convicted and these other initiatives are simple, straightforward changes to help create a smarter, more just system," Ellis said. "We must act now, or justice delayed will be justice denied."