|Posted:||August 25, 2022 09:16 AM|
|From:||Representative Francis X. Ryan and Rep. Regina G. Young|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Wrongful Conviction Compensation|
|In the near future, we will be introducing legislation to implement a streamlined process for individuals to seek compensation when they have been incarcerated as a result of a wrongful conviction.
Our legislation allows an individual to recover damages for time spent incarcerated and on parole as a result of a wrongful conviction. An individual seeking this relief must show by a preponderance of the evidence that they:
When an individual is wrongfully convicted and incarcerated the consequences are devastating not only to them but their families and friends. Individuals are not only deprived of their liberty, but they miss holidays, birthdays, and other important life events. They undoubtedly will suffer negative economic and professional consequences as well. Currently, over 30 states provide some type of payment or compensation to exonerated individuals. Pennsylvania should follow suit to ensure that exonerated individuals are appropriately compensated for the liberty they have been denied and given the necessary resources and services to succeed after being released from their wrongful incarceration.
Please join us in co-sponsoring in this important legislation.
Introduced as HB2794