"Governor Hunt signed a new compensation bill, entitling me to $10,000 a year for every year I spent wrongfully incarcerated."

The compensation bill refers Chapter 148 Article 8 of the North Carolina General Statues known as the Compensation to Persons Erroneously Convicted of Felonies.  It was passed in 1947 to entitle individuals exonerated for a crime to compensation after being granted the Governor’s Pardon of Innocence.  The amount was set to $500 a year in 1973.  In August of 1997 Governor James B. Hunt passed a bill increasing the amount paid to include $10,000 a year for each year spent wrongfully convicted.  This number was once again increased in 2001 to $20,000 per year of incarceration but not to exceed $500,000.  In August of 2008 Governor Mike Easley signed a bill increasing the compensation to its current standard of $50,000 a year with a maximum of $750,000 to be received.  An addition was also made to include job skill training and expenses to pay for the cost of attending a public North Carolina institute to those deemed deprived of education or job training. 

Submitted by student authors: Stephanie Wiafe & Rebekah Currie