State officials ask legislators for about $7 million to prop up a fund that compensates former prisoners whose criminal convictions are reversed.
The House has approved that amount in a supplemental budget bill and a Senate version is coming, Beth LeBlanc reports at The Detroit News with this background:
The state of Michigan is running short of cash in its Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act fund as about $9 million in claims from formerly incarcerated individuals are coming due.
The fund is expected to have a balance of about $1.2 million in the next 30 days — a $2.7-million dip from the $3.9-million balance at the end of 2020. ...
Unjustly convicted men and women qualify under the 2016 law for $50,000 for each year behind bars. More than $22 million was paid from August 2017 to the start of this year, the paper says.
An aide to Attorney General Dana Nessel tells LeBlanc: "Any of several of the outstanding claims would put the fund in the red."