Compensation for Wrongful Convictions Measure Heading to Governor's Desk
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A measure that allows people who were wrongfully convicted to receive a minimum of $50,000 a year for each year they were behind bars is heading to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk.
The Legislature approved a measure Monday.
The House agreed with changes made by the Senate last week when that chamber unanimously passed the bill.
Inslee is expected to sign it into law, and Washington will join 27 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government with similar laws on the books.
The measure allows people who were wrongfully convicted to file a claim in superior court for damages against the state. Someone would have to show their conviction was reversed or vacated based on significant evidence of actual innocence. Once a judge or jury determines the claim is valid, the court can award damages.