#1
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2262/do-the-wrongfully-imprisoned-get-compensation
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So how do exonerees get compensated? The sad news is most probably don't. According to the Innocence Project's Web site, 22 states currently have statutes under which innocent convicts are ensured some restitution: Alabama, California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, plus the District of Columbia. In other words, less than half the states offer any form of guaranteed redress for the wrongly convicted......

Some states, like Connecticut, enact case-specific statutes when they want to compensate an exoneree. Florida did this for Wilton Dedge in 2005 [PDF]. Dedge served 22 years of a life sentence for a rape all now concede he didn't commit. To get relief, however, he first had to get himself exonerated. To do that, he had to convince judges to make new law and fight a justice system seemingly sworn to keep him in jail. After he won access to DNA testing, which then proved that pubic hair from the crime scene wasn't his, the state argued that Dedge had obtained his DNA evidence too early – i.e., since he'd done so before Florida subsequently passed a law to govern the granting of such access, he couldn't use the evidence to get back into court. Prosecutors continued to oppose Dedge's motions on sundry procedural grounds for three years, and, according to the Innocence Project site, went so far as to admit in court that they would oppose Dedge's release "even if they knew that he was absolutely innocent." Nice group of people.


Dedge's experience isn't unique; some states seem oddly reluctant to give exonerees anything but the finger. In the documentary After Innocence (2005), police detective Scott Hornoff, who served six and a half years of a life sentence for murder in Rhode Island before the actual killer confessed, recalls: "There was no apology from the judge, prosecutor, or attorney general. Actually, I think they were upset at me for being innocent."


This must suck more then anything in the world.
Reminds me of that Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence film "Life" where two innocent men serve their entire life in prison.
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#2
Damn that sucks.
I guess I'm lucky that I live in Illinois though.
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#3
Wrongfully convicted people shouldn't be compensated, they just got to spend a load of time with free rent and food out of the taxpayer's ample pantaloon pockets. They should be fucking paying me.
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Wrongfully convicted people shouldn't be compensated, they just got to spend a load of time with free rent and food out of the taxpayer's ample pantaloon pockets. They should be fucking paying me.

What about buttrape?
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Wrongfully convicted people shouldn't be compensated, they just got to spend a load of time with free rent and food out of the taxpayer's ample pantaloon pockets. They should be fucking paying me.

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#6
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Wrongfully convicted people shouldn't be compensated, they just got to spend a load of time with free rent and food out of the taxpayer's ample pantaloon pockets. They should be fucking paying me.
Seriously?
#7
I don't think that exhonerees should get a cash settlement, they should get a basket with lotions and fruit, with a card that says "sorry!" with a little doggy on it.
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Wrongfully convicted people shouldn't be compensated, they just got to spend a load of time with free rent and food out of the taxpayer's ample pantaloon pockets. They should be fucking paying me.


You're right. Jail sounds awesome.
you're wrong though, being Bubba's date every night doesn't sound like fun to me no matter how much free food they give you


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anyway, thats gotta suck. CA ftw
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I don't think that exhonerees should get a cash settlement, they should get a basket with lotions and fruit, with a card that says "sorry!" with a little doggy on it.


XD sigged.
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Wrongfully convicted people shouldn't be compensated, they just got to spend a load of time with free rent and food out of the taxpayer's ample pantaloon pockets. They should be fucking paying me.


You forgot about the free buttsecks. How the hell could you forget about all the free buttsecks?
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Wrongfully convicted people shouldn't be compensated, they just got to spend a load of time with free rent and food out of the taxpayer's ample pantaloon pockets. They should be fucking paying me.

Because prison sounds like such a wonderful place to stay. I hope your trolling.

OT: That sucks. Guess I'm just glad I live in Missouri.
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Wrongfully convicted people shouldn't be compensated, they just got to spend a load of time with free rent and food out of the taxpayer's ample pantaloon pockets. They should be fucking paying me.


In some countries prisoners have pretty good living standards that can not really be called punishement, however, this article is about the USA.
#16
Living in the UK

*waits for post showing how innocent people from the UK get ****ed over despite laws in place*
#17
You guys do know the compensations in the states listed are laughable right?

$5000 a year topped off at $25,000? Phucking Bullshit
which is less then the punitive damage....
Read the link.
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#18
All the more reason to execute the fuckers. How dare they prove their innocence!!!! Pretentious fucks.
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All the more reason to execute the fuckers. How dare they prove their innocence!!!! Pretentious fucks.

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#21
The appeal system needs to be overhauled to be honest, people should be given the chance to try and prove their innocence in a speedier fashion. It is inevitable that there are going to be wrongful convictions with out current systems, the only thing we can do is make it easier and more efficient for innocent people to prove their innocence.

In terms of compensation, the major overturned wrongful convictions that I can remember had large payouts. I don't see how a price can be put on people losing 20 years of their life though. I'm on the fence about large payouts, it has its positives but also negatives if we overhaul our appeal system.
#22
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So how do exonerees get compensated? The sad news is most probably don't. According to the Innocence Project's Web site, 22 states currently have statutes under which innocent convicts are ensured some restitution: Alabama, California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, plus the District of Columbia. In other words, less than half the states offer any form of guaranteed redress for the wrongly convicted. U.S. jurist Edwin Borchard was arguing for laws like this back in 1913 – he believed that principles of eminent domain required states to provide such compensation, and pointed out that most European countries already did so.

Well it depends on how you define most. Based on the population estimates from 2009, the cumulative population of those states is 184,496,108, while the population of the US was 307,006,550. If you do the math, it turns out that 60.1% of Americans do receive compensation for being wrongfully convicted. In terms of gross numbers, the link is wrong as the majority of Americans are covered.
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The appeal system needs to be overhauled to be honest, people should be given the chance to try and prove their innocence in a speedier fashion. It is inevitable that there are going to be wrongful convictions with out current systems, the only thing we can do is make it easier and more efficient for innocent people to prove their innocence.

In terms of compensation, the major overturned wrongful convictions that I can remember had large payouts. I don't see how a price can be put on people losing 20 years of their life though. I'm on the fence about large payouts, it has its positives but also negatives if we overhaul our appeal system.

The biggest problem with the US justice system is elected prosecutors. Remove the politics from the justice system.
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