USA Today did a thorough piece (with video) the other day about how difficult it is for wrongfully convicted exonorees to survive when they get out. Only some states have compensation laws, and even then, it can take months or even years for them to be compensated for the time that was taken away from them. The story features Jonathan Fleming, who we covered recently after his release 24 years after being arrested for a crime that occurred in New York while he was in Disney World.
Often, prosecutors resist allowing such cases to be reopened. I again commend the District attorney in New York, who has a unit to review cases like this, and was proactive in revisiting many cases already. I wish States would look at this as a positive think… fighting for real justice. Ultimately, it is in the State’s benefit to revisit these cases experdiently: the less time the wrongfully convicted spend in prison, the less they need to be compensated, and the faster real justice can be served. The Fleming case has brought issues to light (the receipt proving his innocence was in his pocket when he was arrested, but it was suppressed), that call many more convictions into question. Nobody is served if the wrong person is convicted, and the real criminals are free to strike again.
Read and watch on USA today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/04/wrongfully-convicted-suffer-long-after-release/8480237/