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(KSL News) A proposal to pay the wrongfully convicted for their time behind bars could actually end up saving the state money.
A bill laying out the plan is expected to be heard in the upcoming legislative session. It states that an exonerated convict should be paid $40,000 for each year spent in prison, with an additional $30,000 a year for those who were sentenced to death.
Officials with the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center say passing the measure will save the state money because it will prevent multi-million dollar lawsuits by those wrongfully convicted.