Wrongful conviction payments bill sent to governor

89fbd4785298aa6dd70cf41795b8aa06A bill on its way to Governor Rick Snyder would compensate people who were wrongly convicted of a crime and imprisoned.

The legislation would allow former felons whose convictions were reversed or set aside by a court to collect 50 thousand dollars for every year spent in prison. They would also have to agree not to sue the state.

State Senator Steve Bieda said it’s only fair that the state compensate people who should never have been sent to prison.

“They’re not going to get rich off this, but it will give them the chance to do something that’s meaningful and allow them to move forward.”

The state does not currently offer employment, housing or other reentry services to people released after being wrongly incarcerated. Those services are offered to inmates released after serving their sentences.