Wash. weighs compensation for wrongful convictions

Wash. weighs compensation for wrongful convictions

Wash. weighs compensation for wrongful convictions

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

   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.

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