OLYMPIA, Wash. - People who were wrongfully convicted may be able to seek compensation from the state for the years they lost behind bars.
A measure approved by the House Friday night would allow people who were wrongfully convicted to file a claim in superior court for damages against the state.
The claimant must show their conviction was reversed or vacated based on significant evidence of innocence, and that they did not commit the crime they were charged with. Once a judge or jury determines the claim is valid, they can award damages.
The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration.
If the measure passes, Washington would join 27 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government with similar laws on the books.