Bill to increase compensation for people wrongfully convicted of crimes clears Legislature

(Source: Associated Press)

Published: June 10, 2021
By: Adrian Dubose, LSU Manship school News Service

BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU Manship School News Wire) – A bill to increase the amount paid to people who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes in Louisiana cleared the Legislature Thursday.

House Bill 92 by Rep. Joseph Marino, I-Gretna, increases compensation for people wrongfully convicted of crimes from $25,000 annually with a cap of $250,000 to $40,000 annually and a cap of $400,000.

The bill also would extend the deadline to file for the compensation.

At first, Marino asked for $50,000 per year, but the chambers agreed to $40,000 with the $400,000 cap.

The increased compensation would go into effect on July 1, 2022. Filers on or after the new effect date have the option to receive a lump sum payment of $250,000 instead of receiving $40,000 per year.

Many states – including Texas, Alabama and Florida – offer money to the wrongfully convicted.

Read more at KALB

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