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Michigan Bill to Compensate Exonerees Wins Final Passage

Michigan Bill to Compensate Exonerees Wins Final Passage

Created: April 25, 2019 03:17 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislators have voted to spend an additional $10 million to compensate people who were wrongfully convicted of crimes, replenishing a fund that is nearly empty.

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The bill goes to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. It would help the state address outstanding claims totaling between $21 million and $24 million.

Under Michigan law, the wrongfully convicted can be compensated $50,000 for each year spent in a state prison.

The Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Fund had just $324,000 as of early March.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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