Efforts are being made in the Legislature to see that people freed from prison because of DNA evidence get something for the time they’ve been wrongly imprisoned.Senator Matt Bartle of Lee’s Summit thinks the state should give those people some money to get their lives re-started. The Senate has voted to pay those people an amount equal to the federal poverty level, times the number of years they were wrongly imprisoned. The present federal poverty income level is about $8,999. If the House and Governor approve of the idea, a person wrongly imprisoned for, say, five years, would be given almost $45,000 by the state upon their release.
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