"Rebuilding the Lives of the Wrongfully Convicted"

State Compensation

State Leglislation
Most exonerees receive no monetary compensation for their years spent behind bars. 23 states have no compensation legislation and provide no assistance of any kind to those they lock up for years for a crime they did not commit.

States with No Compensation Leglislation

State
Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado Delaware Georgia 
Hawaii Idaho Indiana Kansas Kentucky  Michigan
Minnesota Nevada New Mexico North Dakota Oregon  Pennsylvania
Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Washington Wyoming



In the remaining 27 states and Washington D.C. with compensation, many of the laws are outdated, providing meager amounts of money or limited eligibility. In Wisconsin, for example, a state with compensation legislation, the maximum exoneree award is $25,000, even if dozen or more years were spent behind bars. The average exoneree spends 12.5 years in prison. Under Wisconsin law, the maximum allowed for the average exoneree is $2,000 per year!