No compensation for Colorado wrongful conviction
DENVER — A Colorado lawmaker is considering legislation that would provide compensation for people wrongfully convicted of a crime.
Rep. Angela Williams, a Denver Democrat, says people believe it’s the right thing to do, but there is no consensus on who qualifies.
A man exonerated for the murder of a Palisade woman spent 16 years in prison and now lives on about $700 a month from Social Security.
Colorado is one of 24 states that offer no financial compensation for people who are sentenced to prison for crimes they did not commit.
According to the Denver Post, Williams wants to provide counseling, job training, help accessing public benefits and money to compensate men and women for their lost years.