News 02.26.08

California panel calls for criminal justice reforms

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice issued a report on Friday calling for improvements in the state’s handling of post-conviction appeals based on innocence and urging the state to improve compensation for exonerees after their release. The report calls for:

• An increase in the amount of compensation paid to exonerees – from $36,500 per year served to $50,000

• An extension in the time permitted for exonerees to file claims for compensation – from six months to two years

• State services for re-integration into society – currently offered to parolees but not exonerees

• State funding for the Northern California Innocence Project and California Innocence Project

An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times yesterday called on state lawmakers to make these recommendations a reality;

read it here

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The Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, which is considered by many a national model for innocence commissions, will continue operating through June of this year. V

isit the commission website here

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