Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wrongly Convicted Man to Get "Generous" Benefits

Says Reuters:

Under Texas compensation laws for the wrongly imprisoned, Cornelius Dupree is eligible for $80,000 for each year he was behind bars, plus a lifetime annuity. He could receive $2.4 million in a lump sum that is not subject to federal income tax.

The compensation law, the nation's most generous, was passed in 2009 by the Texas Legislature after dozens of wrongly convicted men were released from prison. Texas has freed 41 wrongly convicted inmates through DNA since 2001 — more than any other state.

Wow, what a lucky guy to get such generous benefits. But how can we afford it as a nation, with all these innocent prisoners ? If there continue to be so many, we will have to make cuts.

We all need to tighten the belt and make sacrifices with the deficit being what it is.

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