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Trotter stands up for people unjustly convicted

Sen. Donne TrotterSPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation meant to create a continuous fund for claims by people wrongfully imprisoned passed a key Senate budget committee. The Illinois Court of Claims stopped paying these claims nearly three years ago as a result of the budget stalemate. Senate Bill 1993 is necessary to keep up with claims payments.

The budget stalemate in Illinois has prevented the claim payments of 20 exonerated former inmates owed a total of $3.4 million. Illinois owes a debt to people unjustly incarcerated, and the claim they receive will help them rebuild their lives.

The costs paid by those exonerated are steep. The justice system failed them and affected the quality of their lives, and they should be compensated for that.  

State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), the sponsor of the bill, has called the legislation an important step in providing equity for people unjustly held in the penal system who have won in court:

“This is an important piece of legislation that passed out of the Appropriations Committee. It is our responsibility that we do all within our power to ensure that those receiving claims for being unjustly incarcerated are compensated. Those that have been exonerated use these court-ordered claims to rebuild their lives. No one deserves to serve time for someone else’s crime. These court-ordered funds give those who have been wrongly incarcerated necessary relief in a timely manner.”

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