Maryland Needs Fair Exoneree Compensation

Photo of Demetrius Smith courtesy of Baltimore Sun

Call 667-225-5502 to let lawmakers know you support fixing Maryland’s broken compensation law.

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 lawmakers to support HB 742, to provide Maryland exonerees with the compensation they deserve. 

 

This campaign is in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and the University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic.

 

Check out this fact sheet to learn more about SB 14/HB 742 and Maryland exoneree compensation:  

Maryland Exoneree Compensation Fact Sheet

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