By Seaborn Larson on May 12, 2020


The Montana State Capitol


Members of the public weighed in Tuesday on a proposal to pay $60,000 in annual compensation for each year wrongly convicted people spend incarcerated.

But the impending recession Montana lawmakers expect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may mean curtains for the proposal when it comes time to find the funding, the source of which has yet to be determined. Sen. John Esp, R-Big Timber, a member of the Law and Justice Interim Committee that held Tuesday’s hearing, told the Missoulian earlier this month it’s difficult to fund new programs “in good times, much less now.”


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