Since 1989, almost 3,000 wrongful convictions have been revealed across the nation with individuals collectively losing 25,000 years serving time for crimes they did not commit. Less than half of them have received compensation or restitution for time spent wrongfully incarcerated. This year, Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced the Justice for Exonerees Act, which increases the annual amount of compensation for exonerees at the federal level & includes an inflator to ensure increases over time consistent with cost of living.
The Innocence Network applauds Congresswoman Waters and supports her legislation, while acknowledging there is no amount of restitution that can ever make up for the unique losses from wrongful conviction. This Wrongful Conviction Day, let's show our support for wrongfully convicted individuals and their families by calling upon Congress to improve our nation's federal compensation framework.