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Loyola drafts legislation to benefit exonerees

Loyola drafts legislation to benefit exonerees

Loyola University Chicago School of Law students recently drafted an amendment to the certificate of innocence statute requesting higher compensation for Illinois exonerees. Illinois has one of the highest number of wrongful convictions in the nation but offers one of the lowest compensation packages after proving innocence. Professor Laura Caldwell and James Kluppelberg (center) an exoneree and Life After Innocence (LAI) client, testified yesterday about the amendment before the criminal law committee of the Illinois Senate. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Kotowski (left), passed through the Senate committee and will go through further redrafting. A second amendment drafted by LAI students that will provide Illinois exonerees credits for higher education also passed the Senate committee level.