Wednesday, April 30, 2014
(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota House has passed a bill that would compensate innocent people who are wrongfully convicted. Those who spend time in prison would be paid between 50- and 100-thousand dollars for each year of imprisonment, and Minnesotans who wrongly spend time on supervised release or as a registered sex offender could be paid between 25- and 50-thousand dollars per year. The legislation would also compensate them for court costs, lost wages and other financial losses. There is no cap on the compensation, and the Minnesota Supreme Court would appoint a panel to determine the total in each individual case. There is a similar bill awaiting action in the Minnesota Senate.