Time to Fix Louisiana’s Exoneree Compensation Law

Photo courtesy of Innocence Project New Orleans.

Archie Williams was only 22 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of rape and attempted murder in Baton Rouge. After spending 36 years in prison, he was exonerated when fingerprint evidence from the crime matched to a man who had committed similar assaults. 

Under Louisiana’s compensation law, Archie is only eligible for a total of $250,000, which is one of the lowest amounts in the nation. After losing over three decades behind bars, this amount is insufficient to help repair the damage and suffering that he and his family endured. 

When the state unjustly takes a person’s liberty, the state owes them fair compensation to rebuild their life. 

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This campaign is in partnership with Innocence Project New Orleans

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