Mississippi governor signs conviction compensation bill

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law a bill that authorizes the state to compensate people who have been wrongfully imprisoned.

The bill allows a person to receive $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment, up to a maximum of $500,000.

The compensation must be sought within three years after a pardon or overturned conviction. The bill comes a year after two Noxubee County men who had been convicted of capital murder were exonerated of the charges.

The law takes effect July 1.

• The bill is Senate Bill 3024.

 

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