Monetary awards for exonerated prisoners

The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code heard Rep. Steuerwald’s HB 1062 on monetary awards for exonerated prisoners. The author explained that the bill establishes a DNA exoneration fund, with an initial $200,000 appropriation, to pay convicted persons exonerated by DNA evidence $25,000 for each year of wrongful incarceration in the Department of Corrections.

Rep. Porter and representatives of Innocent Man Walking and the Indiana Public Defender Council testified in support of the bill, which passed 10-1.

Read the bill at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1062