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State Legislative Affairs Update
By Scott Ehlers
Compensation For The Wrongfully Convicted Missouri: Hearing Held On Compensation Bill
A bill to compensate four wrongfully convicted men received a hearing in late February, thanks in part to the sponsorship of Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons (R-St. Louis County). S. 1023 would allow DNA exonerees released from prison before August 28, 2003 to be compensated for their wrongful incarceration. The bill is necessary because former Gov. Bob Holden signed legislation in 2004 to compensate the wrongfully incarcerated, but it only applied to persons released after August 28, 2003. The bill would pay the wrongfully convicted $50 per day of incarceration. The most someone could be compensated every year is $36,500. Since the existing compensation fund has been drained by a previous compensation claim, future claims would be paid by funds appropriated to the Department of Corrections. (“Measure would repay exonerated Missouri inmates,” The Missourian, February 27, 2006)
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