Maryland Needs Fair Exoneree Compensation
Demetrius Smith was wrongfully convicted of a 2008 Baltimore murder based on testimony from a jailhouse informant and paid witness. He was exonerated after a federal investigation revealed the actual culprit in 2013. Despite the fact that the actual perpetrator is now in prison for the crime, Demetrius has not been compensated due to restrictive eligibility requirements in the state’s compensation law.
Few exonerees have been compensated under a law that should be assisting them. Senate Bill 14/House Bill 742 can fix the law by establishing a clear process for Marylanders who prove their innocence to be compensated.
Use the form above to contact your state Delegates to support HB 742, to provide Maryland exonerees with the compensation they deserve.
Check out this fact sheet to learn more about SB 14/HB 742 and Maryland exoneree compensation: