CLEVELAND - Some former Ohio inmates, who spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit, are not getting compensation from the state. The original law for the wrongfully-imprisoned was passed in 2003 to help them get back on their feet.
However, the way the Ohio Supreme Court interpreted the law; people who were wrongfully imprisoned are only eligible for compensation under certain conditions:
If there were errors with DNA evidence
If constitutional procedural errors were made after sentencing, but not during the investigation or trial.
Representative Bill Seitz sponsored the bill in 2003. He hoped it would ensure people who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit were compensated for mistakes in the justice system.
“How would you feel if that was you?” asked Seitz. “I'll tell you one thing. There's no amount of money that would be sufficient enough to compensate me.”