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Watch States Pay Money for Time Wrongly Spent in Prison? TYT News Video

You were really innocent, so how much money would you want?

“Suppose you spent five years in prison for a crime you didn’t commit. How much does the government owe you?

“Over the past few decades, the rise of DNA exonerations has made this a more pressing question. And many states have created explicit policies to answer it.

“But those policies vary wildly from state to state.

“Twenty-one states provide no money — though people who are exonerated can sue for damages. Twelve states and the District of Columbia award damages on a case-by-case basis.

“Another 17 states pay a fixed amount per year of imprisonment.”

NPR

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