Can you imagine getting charged with a horrible crime and spending almost two decades locked-up in prison until you're proven innocent thanks to DNA testing?
And what do you get once you're set free? Nothing. An apology, maybe.
Last Friday, the House Appropriations Committe passed a bill by State Rep. Tina Orwall that would bring justice to those wrongly convicted.
Read the full press release here.
Watch Rep. Orwall talk about House Bill 1341 in her latest video update:
You can also check out some of the media coverage on this issue:
- Associated Press: Bill seeks compensation for wrongful convictions
- KOMO News: Exonerated convicts ask Washington to pay up for lost time
- NY Daily News: Man who served 17 years in prison for rape he didn't commit inspires Washington state bill to compensate wrongfully imprisoned $50,000 per year
- Seattle Times: Innocent but locked up for 17 years, man hopes for compensation
- Seattle Weekly: The Innocence Project Tries Again with Wrongly Convicted Compensation Bill
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