Compensation for the convicted


Some Michigan residents have been wrongfully convicted over the years and unlike the federal government and 30 other states, Michigan has no laws that provide compensation for those that have sometimes lost years of their life's by being wrongfully convicted. Several high profile cases over the years of people being wrongfully or falsely convicted have prompted the Michigan Legislators to take action. State Senator Steve Bieda introduced a bill known as the "wrongful imprisonment compensation act" to give people some sort of compensation for their wrongful conviction. Governor Rick Synder has publicly supported the Republican's bill, which has now cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and now moves to the Senate floor. Since 1989, 55 people have been released from prison in Michigan after being exonerated from previous convictions.