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Compensation for the wrongly accused

1 Comment 8th July 2010

A review of the compensation board should take place with the utmost urgency.

If a person has been wrongly convicted and later on has been cleared of all charges, he should be compensated for the miscarriage of justice that has taken place.

After all it is easier for the complainant to get compensation and have to do nothing.

How is that person being wrongly convicted going to feel. No job, no self respect, have to rely on their family to keep them. Let alone the physcological aspect of it, he doesn't get any help.

Why does this matter?

If a person has been convicted of an offence they haven't committed.  Spent years in prison, lost their self respect, their jobs most of the time their family. They have been treated like dirt in prison and there are recrimminations because they are maintaining their innocence.

They manage to get a retrial and been found innocent of all charges. Then they find they can't claim compensation for what they have gone through. They can't get a job because even though they are found innocent, mud sticks. They have to go through the process of explaining why they were in prison.

On the other hand, it is easier to get compensation for the complainant once they have a conviction. On top of that they are not made to pay the money back if the defendant has been released after being found not guilty.

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One Response to Compensation for the wrongly accused

  1. Richard Smithson says:

    I think that if you want to be taken seriously by people with the power to implement your suggestions, you ought to learn to spell and string together a grammatical sentence. Seriously.

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