I Support Compensating the Wrongfully Convicted in Indiana

I Support Compensating the Wrongfully Convicted in Indiana

Kristine Bunch was exonerated after spending 16 years wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of her three-year-old son, who died in a fire in the home that they shared in Decatur County, Indiana. Bunch, who was pregnant at the time, not only faced the loss of her son, but also charges of arson and murder. She was exonerated years later after advancements in the field of fire science discredited the evidence used to convict her.

But after spending 16 years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit, Bunch faced her newfound freedom with virtually nothing to her name. She had no job, driver’s license, or even clothes of her own. Bunch was fortunate to have family she could stay with and rely upon, but as she told the Indianapolis Star in 2015, “If I didn’t have anybody, I don’t know how I would’ve rebuilt.”

While 33 states have laws to compensate the wrongfully convicted, Indiana offers nothing for the time that Bunch and other exonerees unjustly spent behind bars.

Sign the petition to support a compensation law in Indiana to provide innocent people like Kristine Bunch with the financial assistance they deserve from the state that unjustly took their liberty.

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