Spot.us – Pitch: Most California Exonorees Denied Compensation for Imprisonment

Posted: January 19, 2011 by scaryhouse in IDOC, Local Issues, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Terrible Wrongs - Other Cases, Uncategorized

California is one of 27 states, along with the District of Columbia, that compensate victims of wrongful conviction– $100 a day for each day spent behind bars. But in many states, including California, simply being exonerated by a judge isn’t enough to qualify for compensation.

After their release from prison, exonorees must go through an extensive hearing process where they are asked to prove that they did not commit the crime for which they were imprisoned. In some cases, they are effectively asked to identify the actual perpetrator of the crime. While the government board in charge of the process claims that they analyze each case fairly, innocence advocates say the process is “a mess” and that “basically no one knows what it takes to get compensation.”

via Spot.us – Pitch: Most California Exonorees Denied Compensation for Imprisonment.

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