Exonerated man works to clear the names of the innocent

AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) - James Giles is in Austin working with lawmakers on 11 bills.

The proposed legislation would push law enforcement to keep DNA evidence stored for the rest of a person's life, that way if someone is wrongly convicted, their DNA will clear them.

Another bill would give financial support to those exonerated, until they can get back on their feet.

Giles said he is glad to help those wrongly accused clear their names.

"It's a relief. Looking totally forward, helping someone else in their stress to try to get their freedom, because we have people right now, they [are] going to jail right now as I speak saying I didn't do the crime," Giles said.

He said he is in Austin to give a voice to those that are innocently sitting behind bars.