North Carolina compensation law still lags behind national standard


Dwayne Dail

was exonerated on Tuesday in Goldsboro, N.C., and his attorney Chris Mumma (the director of the

North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence

) has said Dail will seek a pardon from the governor and compensation under the state statute, which provides $20,000 per year of wrongful incarceration. North Carolina is one of

22 states

with laws providing for exoneree compensation, but the amount provided by the state lags behind the standard of up to $50,000 per year set by the federal government.

Texas lawmakers passed a law this year increasing exoneree compensation from $25,000 per year to $50,000 per year. The Innocence Project supports this reform.

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