wrongful conviction

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Monday night on Community Conversations, we'll hear the story of a man who spent almost 20 years in prison - over half of them on death row - wrongly convicted of a double homicide.

Life - and death - on death row, Monday night at 6pm on KUMD.

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If you're wrongfully convicted of a crime in Minnesota, a law passed this past spring says you could get $50,000 to $100,000 for each year you spent in prison, plus reimbursement for things like court costs, lost wages and health, educational, housing and transportation expenses.

It's a step in the right direction, says Emily Gaarder, an assistant professor of Sociology/Anthropology at UMD, but in a society where we demand people take responsibility for their actions and own up to their mistakes,  it can't only go one way.