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The recognition of a wrongful conviction is meant to fix an injustice, but it also creates upheaval in the lives of the accused and the victims.

From Texas Standard:

Texas’ reputation as a law-and-order state often overshadows the fact that the state leads the nation in some aspects of criminal justice reform. But that reform carries a rather high price tag – one that might be greater than what many lawmakers initially imagined.

Harris County Leads Nation In Number Of Exonerations, Study Finds

Mar 7, 2017
Rob Crow / For The Texas Tribune

A new study has found that Harris County leads the country in exonerations, turning loose 48 people in 2016 alone. That's because its crime labs take an added precaution most others don't: testing the materials seized from drug defendants even after they enter guilty pleas.

Wrongful Convictions Have Cost Texans More Than $93 Million

Jun 24, 2016
Callie Richmond / The Texas Tribune

Texas has paid 101 men and women who were wrongfully sent to prison $93.6 million over the past 25 years, according to data from the state comptroller’s office. The tab stands to grow as those wrongfully imprisoned individuals age and more people join the list.

Rob Crow / The Texas Tribune

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Rick Perry wants to use money left over from his failed presidential bid to form a political action committee supporting other candidates.

Perry's campaign has written to the Federal Election Commission asking about forming a PAC or super PAC.

A PAC would allow Perry to raise up to $5,000 from individual donors. Super PACs don't impose contribution limits.

The letter says Perry raised $270,000 for the general presidential election and now is asking donors if that money can be transferred to a PAC since he didn't win the Republican nomination.