New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that will increase the amount of compensation that wrongfully convicted people can receive from the state for each year they were wrongfully imprisoned. Under the new law, exonerated individuals in New Jersey will be eligible to receive $50,000 for each year they were wrongly imprisoned. Previously, exonerees received either a max of $20,000 or twice that of their annual pre-conviction income for each year served.
New Jersey is one of 29 states, and the District of Columbia, that provides compensation to residents who have been wrongfully convicted. Prior to this bill being signed into law, the state’s compensation levels were last updated 16 years ago.