Exoneree Compensation in Maryland

State law enables compensation for those who have received a pardon for a wrongful conviction or who can prove to an administrative law judge that they were wrongfully convicted for a felony. An eligible person shall receive an amount determined by the length of time they were wrongfully incarcerated and the state’s most recent median income. Additionally, exonerees who previously received compensation at a lower rate under prior law may apply to receive the difference. The law also enables exonerees to be provided with non-monetary services, including housing, health care, college tuition, and job and vocational training. Effective: 1999; Amended most recently: 2021.

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