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Report Urges Reform of Texas' Death Penalty System

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(KCEN) -- A man who spent 18 years on death row in Texas before being exonerated is calling for lawmakers to pursue reforms in the nation's most active death penalty state.

The new report from the American Bar Association urges the state to strengthen standards for eyewitness identification and require video recordings of suspect interrogations.

The 500-page report also recommends reducing barriers to post-conviction DNA testing.

Texas executed its 500th inmate this summer.

It has accounted for nearly 40% of the more than 1,300 executions carried out since 1977.

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