Former Prisoners To Become Instant Millionaires

By: Courtesy KWTX.Com
By: Courtesy KWTX.Com

Dozens of wrongly convicted former Texas inmates will soon become instant millionaires under a new state law that calls for exonerated inmates to get $80,000 for each year they spent behind bars.

The compensation also includes lifetime annuity payments that for most of the wrongly convicted are worth between $40,000 and $50,000.

It's by far the nation's most generous package and it’s offered in the state that leads the nation in freeing the wrongly convicted.

Freed inmates also receive an array of social services, including job training, tuition credits and access to medical and dental treatment.

Though 27 other states have some form of compensation law for the wrongly convicted, none comes close to offering the social services and money Texas provides.

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  • by Lynn Location: Greenville on Sep 7, 2009 at 08:55 PM
    Before people go "sideways", last week we learned that such a man was released after they discovered that the evidence to convict was tainted. The company doing the testing has been fined. Unfortunately, that discovery came a few month after another man was executed from the same evidence. He can't be brought back, but neither can the years taken from these people.
  • by to McArthur Park on Sep 7, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    And complaining on a website which leaders of our country will never see makes you have a mind of a what? These comments are so funny, because you people actually think you are going to change things by writing on here. HAHAHA. Too funny
  • by great move on Sep 7, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    to anonymous: I hope they do move into those fancy white neighborhoods & screw them up big time. the realtors or salesman aint gonna reject that kind of money, no way. so glad for them (the wrongly convicted).
  • by McArthur Park on Sep 7, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    I have said it many times AND I will say it again---This country has "leaders" with the minds of children. I would love for these guilt ridden "leaders" to post the criminal records of each of these poor,wrongly convicted citizens of good repute so that we can see that they were law abiding citizens. That will not happen, however, for that would violate their rights to privacy. If Wrongly convicted , I believe that they should be compensated for their lost time, but not be made into upper class gentry at the expense of hard working citizens who had nothing to do with this foolishness. Charge the monkeys who played the major parts in this travesty and let them foot the bill.
  • by hope Location: NC on Sep 7, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    Mike, I have not heard any specifics of the men from Texas, & you may be right with your generalization. Yet, I do remember hearing of 2 men (1 recently) released from prison after DNA proved they were innocent of rape. In cases like those, I feel they are owed something from society. Obviously you are qualified to speak on this topic. Just wondering what you think the 2 men wrongfully accused of rape should be granted.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Sep 7, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    {Posted by: hope Location: NC on Sep 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM Mike, how do you know what these people would have accomplished in their life. What's to keep bad law from coming after you or your kid? Wouldn't you want compensation? Their opportunity to become productive citizens was compromised. Article didn't state how long they were imprisoned, & who wants to hire a former prisoner? What is an average salary? $50,000...They DESERVE additional compensation above what they could have made, which is undefinable. As a tax payer I feel this is warranted, make cuts in other areas. HIRE MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT so this doesn't ever happen again. It will. Besides, I may be wrong, but I don't think Texas has the gimmee population that we enjoy here.} Not enough space for my credentials but I nearly emminantly qualified to know the potential of these people. The percentage of wrongful prosection is miniscule. The majority of these "innocents" are are guilty of other crimes not prosecuted.
  • by Understand!!! Location: Understanding!!! on Sep 7, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    Oh being a millionaire is not enough but we'll take it...And most if not all will be old black men who were young when they got their life snatched from them for nothing...and if Texas can put there hate aside and give some righteous justice other states should follow suite...
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    Then they can move into those all exclusive, superior rich, white neighborhoods-sweet!!!
  • by Larry Location: Newport on Sep 7, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    Hey Cuz! where have yall been!
  • by anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    They are going to gain lots of "friends." Talk about hitting the lottery, ha! I'm so happy for the wrongly convicted prisoners. They deserve the money, benefits, etc. So happy, thank God.
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