A committee of Utah legislators unanimously endorsed a plan yesterday to compensate people exonerated after serving time in prison for a wrongful conviction. The proposal is likely to become a bill when the Utah legislature begins its next session in January, 2008.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Greg Bell, says Utah needs to offer compensation to exonerees to help them put their lives back together.
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By creating a compensation law, Utah would join 21 other states, along with the federal government and District of Columbia.
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of these 21 states.
One person, Bruce Dallas Goodman, has been exonerated by DNA testing in Utah. Read more about his case
Read more about the need to compensate the wrongfully convicted