Washington State Senate Committee Approves Wrongful Conviction Compensation
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A Senate fiscal committee has approved a measure that would allow people who were wrongfully convicted to seek compensation from the state.
The Senate Ways & Means Committee passed the bill Tuesday.
The measure now heads to the Rules Committee in advance of a possible vote by the full Senate. The House overwhelmingly passed the bill last month.
The measure 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, the court can award damages.