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Friday, April 29, 2005

Compensation for the convicted

A Philadelphia lawmaker wants people who were wrongfully convicted to be compensated for the time they spent in prison. Rep. Mike McGeehan, D-Philadelphia, has proposed giving inmates who were exonerated $129 for every day they spent behind bars. Tribune-Review reporter Brad Bumstead calculated the amount that would be paid to several high-profile exonerees, including as much as $164,797 to former death-row inmate Nick Yarris, who served 21 years before DNA evidence helped free him.

A spokesman for state attorney General Tom Corbett dismissed the bill as "a solution in search of a problem." In a letter from McGeehan, he responds that "Corbett would condemn ... jailed innocents to fight in court years beyond their imprisonment just to recoup lost wages and trashed reputations."

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