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Persons wrongfully imprisoned eligible for $50,000 compensation per year

An article in MLive documents some of the people suing the state under a 2016 law that provides for $50,000 per year of wrongful incarceration.  The story is interesting for at least a couple of reasons. First, it can't be overstated how significant it is that a state is acknowledging that wrongful imprisonment is so pervasive that it requires remedial legislation.  Second, it's noteworthy that these wrongful convictions aren't only being overturned with DNA. Other types of undisclosed evidence are at issue, such as fingerprints and cell phone data. In one case, withheld cellular data showed that the defendant was a work at the time he was alleged to have committed a crime somewhere else. Third, it's good to see The Innocence Project still going strong.