News 05.12.15

Representatives Put Forth Wrongful Conviction Compensation Bills in Hawaii and Michigan

Hawaii and Michigan are two of the 20 states without laws in place to compensate wrongfully convicted individuals for their years spent behind bars. Both states currently have bills in the House and Senate which, if passed, would provide the federally recommended amount of monetary compensation as well as damages and benefits to victims of wrongful incarceration.

 

Hawaii’s

House Bill 148

and

Senate Bill 145

would require compensation of at least $50,000 per year of incarceration, and services to wrongfully convicted individuals. The bills have been met with some opposition from the state’s parole agency which claims the state would be more reticent to issue pardons if they came at such a high cost. The agency is also opposed to the provision which calls for lifetime healthcare for the wrongfully convicted person.

An editorial in

Ka Leo Hawaii

argues that the bill would save the state money in the long run by avoiding lawsuits and would encourage the use of best practices among state law enforcement officials when investigating and prosecuting serious crimes.

Under Michigan’s

House Bill 4536

and

Senate Bill 291

, the wrongfully convicted individual would receive $60,000 per year of incarceration plus lost wages and attorney fees. The bills’ sponsor, Senator Mike Bieda, told the

Ann Arbor News

that passing this bill is the least Michigan can do for its exonerees.

“We should follow the rest of the states and the federal government to try and make these people’s lives (better),” Bieda told the paper. “We can’t give them back their lives, we can’t give them that lost time, the opportunities they could have had, and a family. But, we can compensate them at some minimal amount.”

Read more about Hawaii’s HB 148 and SB 145

here

.

Read more about Michigan’s HB 4536 and SB 291

here

.

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  1. Eve Mann says:

    RULE 40: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel. Arthur N Indiola

    Defendant’s trial was sabotaged by his own Counsel, Arthur Indiola. Counsel denied Deft.’s right to the DNA Evidence Expert for the defense, which is demanded by law. Counsel Indiola delayed Deft’s trial as to cause a NEW judge to take over before the trial was completed. There was No way the for the NEW JUDGE to know Deft. was denied his right to his Defense DNA Expert who would have proven BEYOND A DOUBT that the Pros’s DNA evidence was not only false but planted at the crime scene. Deft’s Counsel withheld all FOUR piece of EVIDENCE that would have brought a NOT GUILTY VERDICT. This Defense Counsel, Arthur Indiola, knowingly and with full intent caused his client to lose his case but “broke his heart” because Robert had complete faith and trust in him. In my estimation.

    Justice requires a New Trial.

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