Maryland Exonerees Deserve Fair Compensation

Photo of Demetrius Smith courtesy of Baltimore Sun

Help Fix Maryland's Compensation Law for Exonerees

Maryland’s current exoneree compensation law is broken, compensating only 11 of the more than 30 exonerees in the state.
Despite momentum to improve exoneree compensation this session, a group of lawmakers used the COVID-19 crisis to run out the clock on legislation that would have fixed Maryland’s law. As a result, the majority of Maryland’s innocent will continue struggling without compensation, now with the additional health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The good news is that you helped lay the groundwork for future success. Now is the time to start talking to your state lawmakers and building momentum before the 2021 session. Learn how Maryland’s exoneree compensation law can be fixed here. Get tips on how the Maryland state legislature really works and how you can help with the effort here.

Add your name to help fix Maryland’s compensation law in 2021.

In the meantime, check out these resources on how to take action to ensure Maryland exonerees receive compensation:  

Maryland Exoneree Compensation Fact Sheet

How to Take Action on Maryland Compensation


This campaign is in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and the University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic.

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