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A Web log for the Innocence Institute of Point Park University

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The day after


Kirk Bloodsworth Posted by Hello

USA Today fronts a story on wrongful convictions, leading the piece with Kirk Bloodsworth's story. Bloodsworth, who is speaking at Duquesne University tonight, was the country's first death row inmate exonerated by DNA.

The article looks at what happens after someone is exonerated. It's not a surprise that most folks have problems finding jobs and are still followed by accusations. The story includes a graphic on 18 states that have laws about compensating the wrongly convicted. Many states limit the amount, with caps ranging from $15,000 to $500,000. Montana gives free tuition. Pennsylvania has no law.

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