We are deeply saddened by the actions taken by certain legislators in the state of Wyoming today. Senate Bill 30, “Compensation for Persons Exonerated Based on DNA Evidence” and Senate Bill 28, “Post-conviction Actual Innocence” died in committee today. Legislators and outside influences that contributed to the failure of the bill have now ensured that the first person to be exonerated in Wyoming’s history will get no compensation from the state – after spending over 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
We believe the majority of Wyoming’s citizens support granting compensation to individuals who have been exonerated by the courts. Continue reading >