Exoneree Compensation in California

State statute provides exonerees with a maximum of $140 per day of wrongful incarceration, including any time spent in custody prior to incarceration, as well as $70 per day served on parole or supervised release solely as a result of the wrongful conviction. Exonerees are also provided with housing assistance, job training, and mental health services. Transitional services must be offered to exonerees within the first week of exoneration and again within the first 30 days of exoneration, as well as $1,000 upon their release. The claimant must show they did not “[plead] guilty with the specific intent to protect another from prosecution for the underlying conviction for which the claimant is seeking compensation.” Effective: 1941; Amended most recently: 2022.

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Read the most recent amendments (2022).