What to look for in final weeks of 2-year legislative term
Advocates hope legislators don’t forget a proposal to pay exonerated inmates $50,000 for each year of their wrongful incarceration.
I just read this story that said in Michigan they are trying to pass a law that says the state must pay people who have been wrongfully incarcerated $50,000 per year of incarceration. Is that insane or what?
For all you non-math whizzes out there, that equates to just $5.71 per hour for being illegally deprived of your rights, your liberty, your freedom, your dignity and quite often your health or even your life. And in most cases, your personal and professional reputation, your livelihood and your family are lost too. For five bucks an hour. That’s not even minimum wage!
24 x 365 = 8,760 stolen hours per year / $50,000 = $5.71 an hour
To me, this seems like nothing more than a slap on the wrist, not unlike pharmaceutical companies who earn tens of billions of dollars selling drugs they know injure and kill people, and then budget 5% of their profits to pay for the lawsuits and settlements.
Personally, I would propose something vastly different that I believe would effect real change. I think that wrongfully incarcerated people, once exonerated, should be automatically entitled to collect a mandatory, non-taxable, non-negotiable $5,000,000 per year or partial year of incarceration PLUS a mandatory review of the judge, police officers and prosecutors in the case. And if willful or malicious wrongdoing is discovered by said judge, prosecutors, police officers, etc., an immediate 5-year imprisonment and $250,000 fine per infraction for each of the wrongdoers regardless of age, retirement, etc.
24 x 365 = 8,760 stolen hours per year / $5,000,000 = $570.78 an hour
Now THAT looks more like justice, AND a big damn deterrent!
But that’s just me.
Second Chester man paroled for 1973 killing that police now say he did not commit
Legal experts have said the men, if exonerated, deserve compensation from the state for wrongful imprisonment.
As for Degraffenreid, it remains unclear if he will be capable of living outside a place where he has professional care for his mental condition.
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The Prosecutor’s Duty to Disclose Favorable Evidence: Giving RPC 3.8 Muscle
Since 1989, 1,900 people have been exonerated of crimes that either wrongfully imprisoned them for life, or placed them at the threat of death.
In the past three years alone, 421 convictions have been overturned as the technology and the advocacy in …
Insurance Coverage for Wrongful Incarceration Cases in New Jersey
The third jurisdiction we address pertaining to wrongful incarceration coverage issues is New Jersey, which has three relevant cases.
New Jersey courts have held that for purposes of determining the existence of insurance coverage under a general liability …
Wrongful Incarceration FAQs
In the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act), Congress added a new exclusion from income under section 139F of the Internal Revenue Code.
Under this new exclusion, a wrongfully incarcerated individual does not include in income any …
EDITORIAL: Indiana’s new governor should act swiftly on pardon
He chose to go home to his wife and three children, who were homeless at times during his wrongful incarceration. THAT DECISION HAS affected his ability to secure a better living. And his name isn’t truly cleared. Despite the Indiana Parole Board’s …
Letter: Johnston deserves damages for loss of freedom
Dale Johnston has been getting the runaround from the state blocking him from pursuing wrongful imprisonment damages (“Innocent man still fighting for acknowledgement,” Dispatch article, Nov. 20). Sentenced to die in 1984 for double murders …
The incredible story of Nick Yarris, the wrongly convicted British resident who spent 23 years on death row… and … – The Sun
Now free from the daily torture he faced behind bars, and given $4 million (£3.2million) in compensation for his wrongful imprisonment, the falsely accused dad has had time to reflect on his experiences.
The Daily Mail reported that he has previously …
After Wrongful Imprisonment, Former Inmate Appeals Lawsuit Against Ohio
The high court kept alive Dale Johnston’s decades-long fight for innocence when it ruled last year that a law updating Ohio’s definition of a wrongfully imprisoned individual could be applied retroactively.
But a Franklin County appeals court later …
Ohio man wrongly put on death row seeks ability to sue the state
Dale Johnston on Monday, March 9, 2015, in Grove City, Ohio recalls the years he’s spent fighting the state for a wrongful imprisonment ruling for the time he spent on Ohio death row from 1984 to 1990 for the slayings of his step-daughter and her …
Judge Blocking Brendan Dassey’s Release From Prison Has History Of Keeping Innocent Men Behind Bars
At the time of his death, he and Zellner had filed lawsuits against both Chicago and Cook County law officials for malicious prosecution, false arrest and false imprisonment.
Young was also about to receive a $130,000 restitution from the state for his …
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The Man Who Recorded the Wrongfully Imprisoned to Fight Mass Incarceration
Yesterday I received a press release for a campaign called “Imprisoned for Art.”
Launched by The Voice Project, the campaign pairs well-known artists with currently imprisoned artists to raise awareness for their wrongful imprisonment over a lack of …