State to Compensate for Wrongful Imprisonment

Ohio lawmakers votes overwhelmingly - 75 to 9 - in favor of a bill meant to provide compensation to people wrongfully imprisoned because of shady practices by a prosecutor.

State Representative Bill Seitz says Ohio law had been previously established on this. 

The bill sets up compensation for someone sent to prison if a prosecutor withholds what's legally known as "exculpatory evidence," or evidence which could normally lead to an acquittal.

It would also pay someone whose legal team has proven their "actual innocence" upon appeal. It now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

State Representative Dorothy Pelanda, a Marysville Republican, points out the state pays 55-thousand dollars a year to someone truly proven innocent.

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