Task Force Seeks To Reduce Wrongful Incarcerations

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is asking a new task force to study ways to prevent wrongful incarcerations after a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found several cases in which people were charged and jailed based on misidentification.

The city’s chief performance officer, Eddie Roth, told the Post-Dispatchthat the newspaper report last month brought the problem into sharp focus.

Slay has appointed a task force known as PIVOT the Prisoner Identification Verification and Optimization Team. It will include prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, law enforcement and corrections staff.

The newspaper says it easily found four cases in which someone was charged based on misidentification. Two remained jailed for months.

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