Chump change: Michigan Legislation allows $50K compensation bill for exonerees

Comp Claim Process_Final

Lets see what the District Attorney’s Association (@NDAAJustice) lobby in Michigan does to obstruct this process. It’s leadership is patently deaf to wrongful convictions by touting their accuracy rate primarily based on pleas deal before trial. Read about some of these prosecutors here. In California, the process of compensation is illogically under control of these same prosecutors.  

This all happens after the inmate goes through years of incarceration. Read about Clarence Harrison. 

The above chart shows, but leaves out the criminal litigation that produces the exoneration, the process in California which could ultimately “award” $100 per day. That’s certainly nothing more than chump minimum wage. Hence, civil litigation is largely fought in federal courts under various 1983 civil rights theories. This process creates it’s own burdens for the exonerated.

From Michigan.

“When the wrongfully convicted, those convicted but later found innocent of a crime, appeared before the Michigan Court of Claims in downtown Detroit on August 16th, it was a historic day for our state. They were the first of Michigan’s eligible exonerees to appeal for financial assistance under a new state law.  Senate Bill 291, creating the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Fund, passed the State House and Senate just before last Christmas. It was signed into law on December 21, 2016. It took more than a dozen years, and plenty of hard work and perseverance, to transform this goal into a reality.”

http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/08/30/michigan-finally-does-right-wrongfully-convicted-sen-steve-bieda/605124001/

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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