Lincoln State senator Tony Fulton says the state should compensate people wrongfully convicted of crimes, but he tells us, that compensation shouldn’t necessarily be money.
“Instead of writing a check just to be given to an individual, we write a check such that that individual can further his education. Or perhaps providing some type of gainful, meaningful employment. I just think that writing a check that might not be the most authentically, humane way to treat someone who has been wronged.”
Sen. elect Dennis Utter of Hastings says the economic downturn might make this a bad time to consider a new spending program. The issue of compensating the wrongfully convicted comes after
three people were exonerated in a 1985 Beatrice rape and murder.