AUGUSTA — Lawmakers are discussing a bill that would provide compensation for people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime.
Earlier this week, people testified before members of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee urging the creation of a fund providing $50,000 for each year a person was wrongly in jail.
A defense attorney said right now, there are innocent men and women in Maine’s jails and prisons.
“There’s nothing worse. If it were not for client confidentially, I could tell you some stories,” said Walter McKee. “They are ones that weigh on me today and names I will never forget.”
No one testified against the bill.
The committee members are expected to meet within the next few weeks to decide whether to recommend the full legislature pass the bill.