From The Dallas Morning News:
How do you envision the conviction integrity unit’s role changing under your leadership?
When the unit was originally created, it was to focus on cases where there was DNA. The idea was if DNA could prove who the perp is, it could also be used to exonerate somebody.
Where we’re headed is you will get to a point where those old DNA cases run out. DNA is not going to be the only scientific mechanism for trying to figure out where we screwed up. So I think we evolve and look at other issues as we learn more about what leads to wrongful convictions. Not only do you look at those people who are actually factually innocent, you also broaden the review process [to include wrongful convictions.] So there may be sometimes you’ve convicted somebody and it was wrong. You may not be able to prove that they’re innocent, but that doesn’t necessary mean they don’t deserve the relief. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we don’t try to correct the wrong.