OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure this year that would allow people who were wrongfully convicted to file a claim for damages against the state.
Someone would have to show their conviction was reversed or vacated based on significant evidence of actual innocence. Once a judge or jury determines the claim is valid the court could award damages.
Under the proposed bill, compensation would be similar to the amounts paid by the federal government -- a wrongly convicted person would receive $50,000 for each year of imprisonment, including time spent awaiting trial. An additional $50,000 would be awarded for each year on death row. A person would receive $25,000 for each year on parole, community custody, or as a registered sex offender.