Compensation for Wrongful Convictions Approved by State Senate
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Senate has approved a measure that allows people who were wrongfully convicted to seek compensation from the state for the years they were imprisoned.
The measure passed unanimously Monday night. However, since the Senate amended the bill in committee, the House will have approve the changes.
The House had approved the original measure last month.
The House approved the measure last month, but because the Senate amended the bill in committee, the House will have to approve the changes.
If passed, Washington would join 27 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government with similar laws on the books.
Under the bill, compensation would be similar to the amounts paid by the federal government - a wrongly convicted person would receive $50,000 for each year of imprisonment, including time spent awaiting trial. An additional $50,000 would be awarded for each year on death row. A person would receive $25,000 for each year on parole, community custody, or as a registered sex offender.