Compensation may increase for wrongly-convicted criminals

MADISON (WSAU) Wrongly-convicted criminals would get a lot more compensation from the state, under a bill that got a public hearing in Madison yesterday. Assembly Democrat Mark Pocan of Madison and Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay are the main sponsors of a bill to give the exonerated up to $50,000 for every year they’re wrongly imprisoned – and a total maximum would be eliminated.