I support compensating the wrongly convicted in Kansas
Feb. 21, 2018 update: This week, the Kansas House Judiciary Committee voted to support a bill that provides $80,000 for each year of wrongful incarceration. However, the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee supported a bill with a lower amount of $50,000 per year. Please let your state Senator know that you support providing $80,000 per year of wrongful incarceration to help exonerees rebuild their lives.
Floyd Bledsoe, Richard Jones, and Lamonte McIntyre were all wrongfully convicted by the state of Kansas. Floyd and Richard each served 16 years and Lamonte spent 23 years behind bars, all while they were innocent. Lamonte was only a teenager when he was taken from his family. Floyd and Richard missed out on precious years of their children’s lives.
Now, the three men are restarting their lives without a dime of support from the state that unjustly imprisoned them. Kansas is one of only 18 states that does not have a law to compensate exonerees. After all they have been through, Floyd, Richard, and Lamonte are struggling to make ends meet. Ironically, they would have received more resources from the state of Kansas if they had actually been guilty.
Please let your state Senator know that you support the house version of the compensation bill (HB 2579) which provides $80,000 per year of wrongful incarceration to help exonerees rebuild their lives.