Wrongfully Convicted

Recently several people have been released from Mississippi prisons because DNA has proven them innocent of the crimnes they were convicted of in the past.  And the state actually set about to rectify any damage that this wrongful conviction had caused.

Senate Bill 3024,

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR CLAIMS FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTION AND IMPRISONMENT; TO EXPRESS LEGISLATIVE INTENT; TO REQUIRE CLAIMANTS TO PRESENT STATEMENT OF CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION; TO ENACT STANDARDS; TO PROVIDE FOR PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS; TO ENACT STANDARDS FOR JUDGMENT AND AWARD; TO ENACT A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS; TO PROVIDE FOR EXTENSION THEREOF; TO PROVIDE FOR THE RIGHT OF APPEAL FROM AN ADVERSE DECISION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

People who have been proven to be wrongfully convicted will be eligible for $50,000 per year spent in jail, or up to $500,000 total.

Finally, a bit of justice for people who have been railroaded in the state….and there are many who may be able to take advantage of this new law.

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