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Exonerated Wyoming prisoner pins hopes on compensation legislation
Exonerated Wyoming prisoner pins hopes on compensation legislation

When DNA evidence exonerated Andrew "A.J." Johnson of rape after 24 years in prison, he got his picture in the paper and his freedom. What he did not get was help starting over from the state that had imprisoned him. He emerged from behind bars in 2013 at the age of 64, unemployed and in debt: $4,611.55 in child support had accrued while he was in prison. "If I die today," Johnson said recently, "I can't afford to be buried." The number of prisoners exonerated of crimes has grown substantially with the advent of DNA testing and better forensics. But 20 states, including Wyoming, do not pay compensation for the years lost behind bars. The falsely...

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