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Some Exonerated Prisoners Denied Compensation

Cheyna Roth

Hearings to compensate people who were wrongfully convicted in Michigan are underway.  Only half of the people on Wednesday left with any money.

Two of the four cases were thrown out.  That’s because the statute requires new evidence be part of the reason the former inmate is exonerated.  The lawthat went into effect earlier this year lays out certain circumstances where a former inmate can receive compensation.

Marwin McHenryis one of the wrongfully convicted who’ll be compensated.  He’ll get over $175,000 for the time he served in prison.  McHenry says he’s grateful for the money he got, but –

“It’s never enough, no dollar amount is enough for the time. Really nothing can make up for the time that was lost.”

McHenry is in his mid-twenties.  He says he plans to go into real estate. 

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

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