Law Improves Compensation for Exonerees
Making up for lost time on the wrongful-conviction front
The new law – named for Timothy Cole, who was wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape in Lubbock and who died in prison before he was finally exonerated earlier this year – increases lump sum compensation to exonerees to $80,000 for each year spent in prison. The law also allows for benefits to be paid to heirs and provides for payment of college tuition, up to 120 credit hours. "This is a great day for Texas and for the cause of justice in Texas," Anchía said. "The Tim Cole Act could not have passed without the extraordinary efforts of a lot of courageous and committed individuals, including Tim Cole's family and the exonerees themselves."