Innocence Commission Back in Lege
Ellis renews quest to create independent commission to examine wrongful conviction cases
Ellis also filed SB 262, which would increase the amount of state-paid compensation available to the wrongly convicted. Under current statute, victims of wrongful incarceration are eligible for up to $25,000 for each year spent behind bars, up to a cap of $500,000. Under SB 262, the cap on compensation would be lifted, and victims of wrongful imprisonment would be eligible for $50,000 for each year spent in prison, or $100,000 for each year spent on death row.
"Enough is enough," Ellis said in a press release. "Day after day, week after week, we learn of more innocent Texans who have had their lives torn from them in tragic error," he continued. "We need to do more to help these Texans rebuild their shattered lives."