Wrongful Conviction Costs Massachusetts $1 Million

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Massachusetts officials have agreed to pay a $1 million settlement, the state’s statutory maximum, to a wrongfully convicted man who spent 38 years in prison, NPR reports. Fred Clay was arrested in 1979 just weeks after turning 16 and charged as an adult for the murder of a cab driver. He was convicted based partly on testimony from a witness who identified Clay only after he had been put under hypnosis by a police detective.

Clay’s release from prison in August 2017 came after years of investigations by the state’s Innocence Program convinced the Suffolk district attorney’s Conviction Integrity Program to reassess Clay’s murder conviction. After his release, Clay received no assistance from the state during his first 17 months outside prison and has struggled to find a good-paying job and decent housing. A state senator recently proposed a bill to get wrongfully convicted people quicker cash assistance and help with housing and job training.

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