The Illinois Innocence Project is criticizing Governor Bruce Rauner’s recent veto of a bill that would have put new restrictions on the use of jailhouse informants as witnesses in criminal cases. The program based at UIS seeks to help people that may have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.
It says 17 innocent people in Illinois have been sent to prison on the basis of false testimony from informants who are seeking to have their own sentences reduced.
The bill Rauner vetoed would have allowed more evidence to be introduced questioning the reliability of such witnesses. Lawmakers will have the chance to override Rauner’s veto this fall.