The Source: Texas Has Spent Nearly $100 Million Over 25 Years On Wrongfully Convicted
Try to imagine serving a decade or longer in prison for a crime you did not commit. Maybe you are even on death row. Try to put yourself in that situation. For some people they don't have to imagine it... they lived it.
People like Anthony Graves.
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Anthony Graves was wrongfully convicted of capital murder and spent 18 years in prison, much of it on death row. When he got out - he got $1.4 million. Graves had to sue to get his compensation.
Michael Morton served 24 years in prison. He was wrongfully convicted for the murder of his wife. He got a check for nearly $2 million.
Over the last 25 years, Texas has paid out almost $94 million to 101 men and women.
And it's expected that the bill will grow in coming years - as more false convictions come to light.
- Johnathan Silver, reporter for the Texas Tribune
- Mike Ware, executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas, represents the San Antonio 4, and formerly an attorney for the conviction integrity unit in Dallas county