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State considers greater compensation for the wrongly convicted

Posted May 15, 2008

— Legislators are considering a boost in the compensation for inmates who were wrongly convicted.

Right now, anyone who receives a pardon is eligible for $20,000 for each year spent in prison. A bill before the General Assembly would raise that to $40,000.

Under the proposal, the state would also provide a cost of living increase and optional job skills training or tuition and fees to obtain a degree at a community college or UNC system school.


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  • Tax Man May 16, 2008

    Don't get me wrong, I am fully supportive of the criminal justice system - but when there are people like Mike Nifong out there, they are the criminals and they need to be prosecuted as well. And when our system wrongly convicts someone and takes away their liberty, the only recompense we have is money - and they should get a lot more than what they were earning, because they lost their freedom and their ability to do what the rest of us can do. How do you measure that? So I would give them the amount that all the people who wrongfully stole their lives earned, combined, as compensation and fully prosecute the wrongdoers. I also fully support the death penalty, but it needs to be swift and certain with proper safeguards - a person should be executed within a few months of final conviction - not 10+ years. All you honest LEO's, Judges, Prosecutors and Jurists - I applaud you! Just weed out the bad ones.

  • whatelseisnew May 16, 2008

    Well Gee, maybe we should disband the entire criminal justice system. It will save us a lot of money. We can close all the prisons and jails and courts. Tell all our LEOs they need to go find something else to do. It will save us millions and it will absolutely guarantee that no innocent person will ever again be incarcerated in North Carolina. And just think of all the excitement this will generate in your life as you try to scurry away from all the thugs.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 May 16, 2008

    "WHO RAILROADED THE PERSON"..It appears that some think this is a on going everyday problem. Of the tens of thousands, how many fall into this group? I'm thinking very, very few. Yes compensate those who were INNOCENT and use their historical salary as a base.

  • Tax Man May 16, 2008

    I think the measure should be the equivalent salary and retirement benefits of the judge/prosecutors/police officers/jury members who railroaded the person, combined and given tax free for the rest of the persons life! And the Judge/Prosecutors/Police who put the defendant in prison should all be tried for obstruction of justice, perjury, false imprisonment, fraud, coercion, conspiracy and any other crimes involved.

  • Why Is My Slim Physique Envied May 16, 2008

    **I wonder how many innocent people have been executed by the State...**

  • WHAT GIVES May 16, 2008

    I think a million dollars for every year spent behind bars would be a great start in correcting a mistake by the state of NC. I know if I were wrongly convicted of a crime and had my freedoms and famiy taken away a million for every year of hell would certainly be a step in the right direction of getting my life back on track. I would certainly hate to be set free after a number of years in prison and then worry about having to pay my bills in lieu of making up for lost time.

  • Why Is My Slim Physique Envied May 16, 2008

    Still not enough! The justice system railroads innocent people, then slap the guilty one's on the hand with a minute sentence. RIDICULOUS!

  • St Ives May 16, 2008

    I think this is a good idea, spending time in jail when you are wrongly convicted and then getting 20,000 a year is a slap in the face!

  • whatelseisnew May 16, 2008

    There are a lot of folks that would not mind 40K a year. Plus throw in cost of living and free education they might start having people trying to get into jail on purpose.

  • batcave May 16, 2008

    it should be retroactive for anyone still alive or who had a spouse