Thursday, July 10, 2008

North Carolina considers jacking up compensation for wronful convictions

Wrongful conviction compensation in North Carolina

The state House passed a measure to give inmates $50,000 a year for time served because of a wrongful conviction. Lawmakers set a $750,000 cap on the amount an inmate can receive. The bill would also cover the cost for a freed inmate to attend any school in the University of North Carolina or community college system.

The bill is headed to the Senate.

In January, the state agreed to pay Dwayne Dail more than $368,000 - $20,000 for each year he spent in jail. Dail served 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. DNA tests proved his innocence last year.