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Stop Sending Innocent People To Prison!

Too many innocent people are in prison right now because of false testimony given by someone with an incentive to lie. Informants, who are often facing incarceration themselves, are incentivized to lie in exchange for leniency in their own cases or monetary benefits. This leads to perjury and false accusations, which are the primary factor in 60% of all exonerations.

Imagine if you or someone you loved were wrongfully convicted because of this. We can’t let this continue. Sign the petition and support the Informant Reliability Act. The Informant Reliability Act works to solve a problem that has contributed to thousands of false convictions. Let’s make the change in Missouri and stop sending innocent people to prison.

Tell your Missouri Senators to pass SB489 The Informant Reliability Act!

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    Dear Senator,

    No person should ever go to prison based on a lie. There are too many people in Missouri going to prison based on the false testimony of informants. I urge you to support the SB489 — The Informant Reliability Act. If passed, it will:

    • Ensure transparency through a state-wide centralized record system that tracks the use of informant testimony and the benefits offered by the State to each informant.
    • Make available information about the person testifying as an informant including criminal history, the benefits offered to the informant in exchange for testimony, and information on other cases the informant has provided testimony for, among other things.
    • Prioritize fairness through Pretrial Reliability Hearings in all felony cases that use informant testimony upon request from the defendant. The hearings will determine whether the testimony of the informant is reliable, and unless the prosecuting or circuit attorney shows by a preponderance of the evidence that the informant is reliable, the testimony cannot be used.
    • Create jury instructions if the testimony of the informant is admitted into evidence at trial
    • Notify any victims of an informant if  the informant receives leniency related to a pending charge, conviction, or sentence for a crime in their case; offered or given in connection with the informant  providing testimony against a suspect or defendant.