By Radha Natarajan on April 16, 2021


For a small number of Rhode Islanders, the experience of wrongful conviction has tragically been their reality. The New England Innocence Project knows all too well that there is nothing we can do to give back the countless holidays and birthdays spent behind bars. We can’t rebuild the careers lost and opportunities missed — or repair families torn apart. But we can — and must — compensate the wrongfully convicted to assist them in rebuilding their lives after the unimaginable horror of a wrongful conviction.

This year, Rhode Island lawmakers are again considering wrongful conviction compensation legislation — House Bill 5470 and Senate Bill 672 — which would finally provide Rhode Island’s small number of eligible exonerees with some justice and relief. The bill has already passed the House with unanimous support and introduced in the Senate.

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