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WI Innocence Project comments on Dassey's case

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Brendan Dassey still remains in the Columbia Correctional Institution after a judge ordered his release on Monday. 

However, on Tuesday, Attorney General Brad Schimel filed a motion asking a judge to put Dassey's release on hold, saying he wants a decision by 4 p.m. Wednesday. The state is also appealing Dassey's overturned conviction. 

Cristina Bordé is an attorney with the Wisconsin Innocent Project and a clinical instructor at UW's Frank J. Remington Center. She has worked with at least one case in which a person was exonerated for a crime he did not commit. She says the judge is deciding on whether Dassey is a danger to the community and can be set free as the state plans to appeal the overturned conviction. 

Regardless, if Dassey is set free for the time being, by law, he would not receive any services to help him reintegrate into society. 

"Assistance with employment, assistance with obtaining health insurance, assistance with where to find somewhere to live, all of these things that are very difficult for someone who's spent decades in prison," Bordé added. 

Bordé also says those services are only given to convicted felons who serve out their sentences. It's something she believes isn't right as the state's innocence project is trying to get a new law passed to help fix compensation and services to those who are wrongly convicted. 

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