Kelly M. Cassidy
Amends the Court of Claims Act. Provides that in claims against the State for time unjustly served in prison, the court shall make an award of $50,000 per year the person was wrongfully imprisoned. Provides that the court shall include years the person was imprisoned awaiting trial in its determination of the award and it shall prorate years partially imprisoned. Provides that the court shall include an additional $25,000 for each year served on parole, probation, or registered as a sex offender after imprisonment. Deletes language providing that the award amount is in the discretion of the judge, within certain parameters. Creates the Compensation for the Wrongfully Imprisoned Fund, a special fund in the State treasury. Provides that the Fund shall hold sufficient funds, appropriated by the General Assembly, to immediately pay the compensation awards to unjustly imprisoned persons as granted by the Court of Claims. Makes a corresponding change in the State Finance Act.
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Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie
Referred to Rules Committee
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
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