Page 257. " 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. 

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Page 258. " I bought land in Mebane, a small town just outside Burlington. "

Mebane is a town with areas located in both Alamance and Orange County of North Carolina.  The town traces its roots to a post office established in 1809 later named Mabanesville in honor of General Alexander Mebane in 1881.  It was not until 1883 when the name was officially changed to Mebane.  Mebane was a historically industrial town home to the White Furniture Company.  Industrial firms such as mattress and clothing companies still remain today.  The city is also leader in the North Carolina tobacco market.

Downtown Mebane
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Page 267. " Ron and I were invited to Wake Forest University to talk about our case in connection with an event about a wrongfully convicted man named Alfred Rivera. "

Alfred Rivera was convicted in 1997 for the murder of two drug dealers, Michael A.  Nicholson and James E. Smith, and was put on death row. However, others had pleaded guilty to the murders and suspicions rose that Rivera may have been framed. Since jurors weren’t allowed to hear their testimonies, Rivera was retried and acquitted in 1999.

"North Carolina Victims of the State." Victims of the State. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov 2011. .

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Page 267. " That at the end of this man’s life, all that could be written about him was that he was an inmate at Central Prison who had died of cancer at UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital. "

Originally the North Carolina Memorial Hospital, UNC-Chapel Hill hospital is non-profit teaching hospital organized in 1952 for the University of North Carolina’s medical school.  It is now known as UNC Health Care composed of several other hospitals including the North Carolina Children’s Hospital, North Carolina Women’s Hospital, North Carolina Cancer Hospital, and North Carolina Neurosciences Hospitals.  This 803-bed facility treats patients from all of North Carolina as well as patients from all over the Southeastern United States. The hospital is best known for its Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer center but it is also home to a state of the art Breast Center, Cardiovascular Program, Diabetes Care Center, Lung Center, Rehabilitation Center, Spine Center, Wound Management Program and Comprehensive Transplant Center. 

North Carolina Memorial Hospital
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Page 267. " I needed to do something, so I volunteered with SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). "

The Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center of North Carolina, Inc. is a nonprofit institution founded in 1981 in response to increasing reports of child abuse. The Exchange adopted the parent aid (a.k.a. lay therapist) model,and Jennifer worked there with 2 family clients in their homes. By 1983, the program had expanded to include community awareness and support groups. Today the program is comprised of over thirty groups serving over 10,000 individuals over 12 counties in Northwest North Carolina. The central office is in Winston-Salem. Jennifer was awarded volunteer of the year during her time with the organization.

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Page 267. " Ron and I were invited to Wake Forest University to talk about our case in connection with an event about a wrongfully convicted man named Alfred Rivera. "

Wake Forest University is a private institution that was founded in 1834 in Wake Forest, North Carolina. It was moved to Winston-Salem in 1956 as a result of large donations from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. The home of the Demon Deacons’ total enrollment is 4,657, and the campus is spread out around about 340 acres. It is composed of two undergraduate schools and five graduate schools, including the renowned School of Law, School of Medicine, and Babcock School of Management.

Written by student authors: Robert Kobet and Laura Moreton