Exoneree Compensation in Louisiana

Starting July 1, 2022, a person whose conviction has been vacated and who can prove factual innocence may file a petition for compensation to be awarded at the rate of $40,000 per year of wrongful incarceration with a cap of $400,000. Beginning July 1, 2022, any petitioner who has been awarded compensation on or after Sept. 1, 2005 and prior to July 1, 2022, may file a petition seeking supplemental compensation at the new rate (it was previously $25,000/yr), however these petitioners must file for supplemental compensation on or before July 1, 2023. Additionally, petitioners who have not been compensated before have the option of accepting a lump sum of $250,000 in lieu of $40,000 annually. Effective: 2005; Amended most recently: 2021.

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