Bill seeks compensation for wrongful convictions

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:03 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A House fiscal committee heard public testimony on a measure that would allow people who were wrongly convicted to seek compensation from the state for the years they lost behind bars.

If passed, Washington would join 27 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government with similar laws on the books.

Under the measure, compensation would mirror those of federal levels — 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.

Additional costs would be awarded for court and attorney's fees, as well as in-state college tuition waivers for the claimant and the claimant's children and step-children.

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