HB 148 Wrongful Imprisonment Bill in House Judiciary on Friday, Feb. 6!

ACTION ALERTWrongful Imprisonment Bill in House Judiciary
Friday, Feb. 6
2:00 pm
Rm 325
 

HB148   Compensation  for wrongful conviction and imprisonment  JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB148_.pdf

RELATING TO WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT.
Provides compensation and services to persons who can demonstrate they were wrongfully convicted of a crime and imprisoned.   SOUKI

This is an important bill that CAP hopes you consider supporting. This is about the state being held accountable for its actions. Just as the state imprisons people who cause harm, the state must be held liable for the harms they cause. Hence, compensation and support services must be afforded to someone who lost the best earning years of their lives.

All 50 states require victim compensation. Only 30 states provide any compensation to those they have harmed by wrongful imprisonment.

CAP’s testimony here

 

TESTIFYING IS EASIER THAN EVER!

  • Go to: www.capitol.hawaii.gov
  • Sign in with your email and a password
  • Put bill # in box on left
  • On the bill screen, click “Submit testimony” and you can either upload it from your hard drive or write brief comments in the box provided (You can just write SUPPORT or OPPOSE in the comment box)
  • Note: If sending testimony on different bills, you can just plug in the bill number after you send your first testimony and send in comments on another bill.

“It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, ‘whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection’, and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.” – John Quincy Adams

 

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