Washington’s wrongly convicted will now get an opportunity to rebuild their lives after
Governor Jay Inslee signed the Bill to Compensate the Wrongly Convicted into law on
Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
This new law, championed by Representative Tina Orwall and the Innocence Project Northwest
Legislative Advocacy Clinic will provide the wrongly convicted with $50,000 for each year of
wrongful incarceration in addition to other benefits. After a three-year legislative effort, the law
passed through the House and Senate with bipartisan and nearly unanimous support.
This law remedies the opportunities lost due to wrongful conviction—the chance to raise a
family, to buy a home, or to start a small business, among many others. When the wrongly
convicted are released from prison their freedom is restored, but these opportunities are not.
Four Innocence Project Northwest clients stand to benefit from this law. Ted Bradford was
wrongly incarcerated for 10 years and denied the opportunity to watch his children grow up.
Larry Davis and Alan Northrop were wrongly imprisoned for 17 years, taking away their
opportunity to build careers and raise and support their families. On top of losing the opportunity
to raise his children, Alan was hit with a six-figure child support bill upon release that accrued
during his incarceration. James Anderson was extradited from his home in California and
incarcerated for 4 years in Washington before he was able to return on Christmas Eve 2011.
The law provides wrongly convicted persons who can prove actual innocence in court with
$50,000 per year of wrongful incarceration and $25,000 per year spent wrongfully on parole, in
community custody, or as a registered sex offender. It also includes payment of child support
accrued during wrongful incarceration and provides the wrongly convicted with re-entry services
and tuition waivers to state universities and colleges.
Finally, this law provides a legal determination of actual innocence in recognition of the deep
wrongs suffered by the wrongly convicted.
If you would like more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Lara Zarowsky at
(206) 850-4333, firstname.lastname@example.org.