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Money for wrongfully imprisoned fund passes Michigan House

Lawmakers in Lansing want to add $10-million to a fund to compensate those wrongfully imprisoned.

  A 2016 law says people who are wrongfully convicted and who meet certain criteria can be awarded $50,000 per year of imprisonment. But there soon might not be enough money to pay people who are awarded judgments down the road.

Republican Representative Steve Johnson is a bill sponsor. He says these people were denied a right and they deserve to be compensated. 

 “The most fundamental role of government is to safeguard ones right to life, liberty and property,” Johnson says. 

Johnson says the bill would ensure the state can make payments to the wrongfully convicted until the next spending year.  

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R