San Francisco will become the latest county in the nation to offer free DNA testing to inmates, the district attorney's office announced this week.
The plan would allow certain state prison inmates convicted in San Francisco before 1997 of murder, manslaughter or sexual assault the chance to have their cases reviewed through DNA tests. DNA testing has been used in such cases since 1997.
"Our charge as district attorneys is to not only establish guilt but also innocence," said Darrel Saloman, an aide to Dist. Atty. Terence Hallinan. "It is the right thing to do."
San Francisco becomes the fourth California county to offer DNA testing.
Last week, prosecutors teamed up with public defenders in Orange County to offer DNA tests to inmates whose guilt was called into question after their convictions.