Forensic DNA lab plans to free wrongfully jailed convicts.
In a few weeks’ time a small team under the banner of the Innocence Project will be making its way into jails around South Africa, starting in the Western Cape, on a mission to exonerate people who have been wrongfully convicted.
The team, from the University of Western Cape’s Forensic DNA Laboratory, will hand out flyers urging prisoners who insist they were wrongfully convicted to contact them for help.
The non-profit Innocence Project is dedicated to helping prisoners prove their innocence through the use of DNA or other forensic evidence. And, according to Professor Sean Davison, head of the DNA lab and co-founder of the Innocence Project in South Africa, they anticipate a strong response.
“There are many prisoners sitting in jails around the country who have been wrongly convicted,” he says.