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Mayor Glover discusses Innocence Compensation Bill

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover is the person responsible for creating the “Innocence Compensation Bill."
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover is the person responsible for creating the “Innocence Compensation Bill."

When Glover was a state representative he authored the bill, which created the fund. It was established in 2005.

Before the law was in place, the wrongfully imprisoned weren't given anything upon their release.

Glover said,"I was absolutely horrified to find out that it was possible, to see people’s lives absolutely ripped apart. Ruined futures, dashed away, young people, young men who went into prison and came out broken individuals."

The cases involving Calvin Willis and Michael Williams are what sparked Glover’s interest in passing the legislation.

When the bill was originally written some lawmakers wanted the compensation to be comparable to what was given in the State of Texas.  However to get the legislation passed legislators ended up compromising with other lawmakers.

HB 663 provided $15,000 for every year convicted, up to $150,000 and educational benefits. It was eventually increased to $25,000 a year with a maximum of $330,000.

Glover told NBC 6 News exonerated individuals must first file civil action in Baton Rouge to be compensated.


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