How much is a year of jail time worth if you're falsely convicted? The potential awards vary widely, the American Prospect reports. Some states fix rates, with exonerated Wisconsinites claiming $5,000 per year in the clink while those from Alabama get $50,000. Twenty-two states have no laws guaranteeing redress; in those states the fight is on.
“It’s a crazy patchwork quilt,” said an activist about the varied rules—and absence of same—among states. And with 360 inmates exonerated since 2000, many through improved DNA testing, expect a torrent of lawsuits and legislation.