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Vt. lawmakers consider changing police procedures

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers are hearing from a Massachusetts man sent to prison for two rapes he didn't commit and from a North Carolina woman whose mistaken testimony sent another man to prison as they consider improvements in police procedures.

At a joint hearing Thursday of the House and Senate judiciary committees lawmakers heard from officials of a national group called the Innocence Project that says improvements in police lineups and recording of police interrogations would better enable police to do their jobs while cutting down on false convictions.

The Innocence Project has been involved in the reversals of more than 300 criminal convictions around the country, often through the use of DNA evidence.

Now it's pushing for changes including what it calls "blind administration" of police lineups and videotaping interviews.

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