State of Louisiana

State of Louisiana to Increase Compensation to Wrongfully Convicted Individuals

Governor John Bel Edwards and the state of Louisiana have decided to increase the compensation awarded to innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime.

The Gretna Rep. Joe Marino bill has been officially signed into law, but won't go into action until July 2022.

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Currently, people who have been wrongfully convicted in the state are entitled to $25,000 for each year spent in prison. However, after the changes are implemented, the compensation will be increased to $40,000 each year for a maximum of 10 years.

This means that the maximum amount that anyone could receive will be $400,000 spread across 10 years — or $250,000 if the person decides to receive a lump sum.

Something very unique about this bill is that it does allow people who previously received compensation after September 2005 to be able to seek supplemental compensation reflecting the new amount. Those petitions, however, will have to be filed by July 1, 2023.

Currently, 15 people are receiving annual compensation from the state for wrongful convictions.

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