Tag Archives: wrongful convictions

Exonerees ask Md. for compensation law, jailhouse witness reform

A group of men exonerated for crimes they did not commit attended an event in Annapolis urging reforms for wrongful conviction compensation and jailhouse informants. (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

ANNAPOLIS — A group of men who served a combined 250 years in prison for crimes they did not commit asked legislators Wednesday to support bills to standardize post-release compensation for exonerees and increase transparency about the use of jailhouse ...

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Innocence Project clients, lawyers ask for transparency on jailhouse witnesses

Clarence Shipley, left, meets fellow exoneree James Owens, as  Michele Nethercott of the University of Baltimore School of Law Innocence Project. looks on. (Heather Cobun)

ANNAPOLIS — Recent exonerees and Innocence Project attorneys told a Senate committee Wednesday that more transparency and scrutiny of so-called jailhouse witnesses is needed to prevent wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 769, as amended, would require a central list of in-custody ...

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Wrongful convictions task force supports standardized compensation

Legislation that would allow people exonerated of crimes to collect $50,000 per year of incarceration or actual damages sustained, whichever is greater, is in line with what the federal government awards, according to Michele Nethercott, director of the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. ‘This does not represent a huge departure from what the Board of Public Works was doing when it acted on applications for this,’ she said. (File photo)

A task force studying wrongful convictions in Maryland is asking state lawmakers to establish a more streamlined process for compensating and supporting people who have been exonerated, including establishing a standard amount of compensation per year of incarceration. Members of ...

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Legislative obstacles hurt efforts to protect wrongly convicted, lawmakers say

Rebecca Brown, left, director of policy with The Innocence Project; Del. Erek L. Barron, D-Prince George's; Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore City; and Sen. Delores Kelley, D-Balimore County during a panel discussion on 

(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Institutional obstacles in the Maryland General Assembly impede legislative efforts to enable the wrongly convicted to prove their innocence and, once exonerated, to be appropriately compensated for the years they lost, state legislators said Thursday.

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