Mass. Joins States Mulling Compensation for the Wrongly Convicted

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A bill allowing wrongly convicted people to seek compensation from the state of Massachusetts passed a legislative hurdle yesterday.

Approved yesterday in the House, a bill filed by Representative Patricia D. Jehlen of Somerville would enable wrongly convicted people to sue the state for damages of up to $500,000 for physical injury caused by loss of their freedom, reports the Boston Globe.

New York, Texas, California and Maryland have enacted similar laws providing for compensation for those who were wrongly convicted.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Sun reports state lawmakers are looking for ways to revise Maryland’s system for compensating the wrongly convicted, saying the current process is demeaning and could pose financial dangers.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee met Wednesday to get more information about the issue.

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