New board to review wrongful imprisonment cases

Michigan
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DETROIT (AP) — A new board will review wrongful imprisonment cases in Michigan.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the four-member board will study the complex cases and decide whether or not the person is entitled to compensation “for the harm they suffered.”

Nessel announced the board’s formation on Wednesday, setting up protocol for “thorough and systematic assessment” and “timely resolution.” Board appointees include career prosecutors, a former criminal defense attorney and a civil litigator.

Michigan is among dozens of states that provides money to people rebuilding their lives after being wrongly imprisoned. Compensation is calculated based on $50,000 for each year in prison.

Last month, Nessel approved a $1.3 million award under the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act for a Michigan man exonerated in the 1985 arson-related slayings of his wife and daughters.

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