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What do states owe the exonerated? States' compensation for wrongful imprisonment ranges from zero to millions of dollars.

Date: May 30, 2007
Author: Amanda Paulson
QUOTE: The cases are typical results of the patchwork of compensation laws in the US, say experts. Last month, the 200th person was exonerated due to DNA evidence, but the majority of those released have gotten nothing but an apology – and sometimes not even that. As DNA exonerations become more plentiful – and more publicized – some states are moving on the compensation front.

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