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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Is one year of wrongful incarceration worth $25K? $80K?

The AP has a piece here about Texas and how it treats prisoners who were wrongly convicted. Right now, they get about $25K for every year of incarceration, but they say they go through the money very quickly because they can't get jobs. (Partly because they don't have job skills or socialization, partly because of their past records.) A group of them have got a lawyer, and they're pushing the legislature to up the payment to $80K per year.

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