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Bill to Compensate Exonerated Inmates Dies

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill spelling out how Wyoming could compensate people who served time in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence has died in the Legislature.

A conference committee of House and Senate members failed to reach agreement on the bill on Thursday.

Under the original version of the bill, anyone exonerated by DNA evidence would have been eligible for up to $500,000.

The House had amended the bill to specify that people who were exonerated based on DNA evidence would still have to return to court to prove their innocence before they could collect payment.

Sen. John Schiffer, a Republican from Kaycee, is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He says he’s upset by the failure of the original bill which his committee had endorsed before the legislative session.

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