Thursday, June 19, 2008

North Carolina: Pardons of Innocence and Compensation

From the Associated Press: "Lawmakers are considering a plan to boost the amount of money wrongfully convicted people can receive from the state. A House judiciary panel is scheduled Thursday to discuss a bill to increase the amount of money that vindicated former inmates can receive. State law allows wrongfully convicted people to receive $20,000 for each year they spent in prison, including any time they spent behind bars awaiting trial. The plan lawmakers will consider would boost that amount to $40,000 a year. The money they could receive would be capped at $750,000. To qualify, erroneously convicted people must obtain a pardon of innocence from the governor. Five people have been declared innocent over the last seven years."

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