Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: Wrongfully convicted may see state aid

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed legislation on wrongfully convicted residents.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed legislation on wrongfully convicted residents. (2/19/14)

NEW YORK CITY - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed a proposal today at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for legislation that will allow wrongfully convicted people to present a claim for damages against the state.

The legislation would revise section 8-B of the New York State Court of Claims Act, which already allows those who are wrongfully imprisoned to file a claim after their convictions have been overturned. 

Schneiderman says he wants to remove barriers in section 8-B to better serve the wrongfully convicted residents. He says the current law makes it difficult and sometimes impossible to make a claim with success.

The legislation will be introduced to the state Assembly and Senate by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, and then the changes would go into effect as soon as Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs it.

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