House passes bill to compensate the wrongly convicted

May 30, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill that would compensate people who have served prison time for crimes they didn’t commit has passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

The House approved it Wednesday night.

Similar legislation has been held for further study by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It was inspired by the case of a former Warwick police officer who was wrongfully convicted of murder in the 1989 killing of a Warwick woman with whom he was having an affair. He served more than six years in prison before the victim’s ex-boyfriend confessed.

The measure would provide $50,000 out of the state treasury for each year spent in prison to innocent people wrongfully convicted of crimes.

The Innocence Project told The Providence Journal there are six people in Rhode Island who could potentially qualify.

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