Michigan

Michigan considers compensating wrongfully convicted prisoners

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One newly exonerated inmate walks free every couple of months in Michigan, which has released more innocent prisoners than all but four states.

Yet the state is just beginning to seriously confront the issue of whether to provide the wrongfully convicted financial support after years of stalled efforts and a prolonged economic downturn. It lags behind 30 others states.

A legislative committee has approved a bill that would provide $60,000 for each year of wrongful incarceration plus lost wages, medical expenses and attorney fees. Gov. Rick Snyder has also brought attention to the issue.

The initial cost to compensate half of Michigan’s 56 exonerated prisoners would be nearly $16 million.

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