News 06.06.12

Legislation to Increase Louisiana’s Compensation Dies

Legislation that would have doubled Louisiana’s compensation for the wrongfully convicted fell flat this session, despite the fact that the state maximum of $250,000 is among the lowest of the states which compensate the wrongly convicted, according to The Times-Picayune.

 

After resistance from the governor to a proposed bill by Rep. Herbert Dixon that would have doubled the state’s compensation maximum, Dixon proposed a compromise bill that would have expedited and simplified the process for exonerees seeking compensation by eliminating the need for them to petition judges annually for the compensation. Dixon also supported another bill that would have created a funding source for the Innocence Compensation Fund.

 

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