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Change to Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment Passed by Maryland Legislature

March 31st, 2021 by WCBC Radio

A bill approved by Maryland lawmakers this week would change how the state compensates people who have been wrongly imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. Under current state law, payments are at the discretion of the Board of Public Works.

If the proposal becomes law, an exoneree would apply to an administrative law judge, and compensation would be based on a formula set to the Maryland median household income.

The judge also could provide other benefits, such as housing accommodations, health care and educational training.

The bill has been sent to Governor Hogan for his signature.