Criminal Justice and Criminology (B.S.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Dr. Kristina Thompson
Although the United States has signed a United Nations agreement that stipulates that all wrongfully convicted individuals have a right to compensation, not all states have compensation laws. In addition, it is not guaranteed that exonerees living in states with compensation statutes will be compensated. This thesis examines the scope of wrongful conviction compensation statutes across states. Furthermore, it examines whether exoneree characteristics, as identified by the National Exoneree Registry, map onto state-level differences in laws and effectiveness in compensating exonerees. I compile two sources of data to link individual exonerees with their state of conviction.
Morel, Brenda I., "Wrongful Conviction Compensation in the United States" (2022). Honors College Theses. 755.