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State considers greater compensation for the wrongly convicted

Posted May 15, 2008 6:19 p.m. EDT

— 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.