Edelman & Edelman, P.C.
212-235-1197
Over $300,000,000 Recovered For Our Clients

Bill seeks to create new benefits for wrongful conviction victims

Several New York lawmakers are sponsoring legislation that will, if passed, increase the benefits for those wrongfully convicted of criminal offenses.

The bill -- otherwise known as Assembly Bill 3894 -- was actually first proposed early last year, but it failed to gain any significant traction in 2017. Fortunately, lawmakers re-introduced an amended version in 2018.

Details of AB 3894

Specifically, this legislation was re-committed to the Judiciary Committee on February 13, and it remains largely the same as the version introduced last year. For example, it contains all of the same proposed benefits for wrongful conviction victims, including:

  • Enrollment in a health benefit plan, which is paid for by the state
  • Education assistance, including free tuition for the victim at a state university or college
  • Reimbursement for attorney/legal fees incurred when fighting the wrongful conviction
  • All records related to the victim's conviction sealed
  • No taxes on any damages received by the victim

The purpose of this bill is to help victims of wrongful convictions rebuild their lives. In fact, a New York Committee Report specifically acknowledges the State's responsibly when it comes to helping these victims:

"Exonerees, those who have been wrongfully convicted, suffer enormous damage through no fault of their own. It is the State's responsibility to do everything possible to correct those wrongs."

While it is still far too early to know if this legislation will garner more support than it did last year, the fact that at least some lawmakers recognize the difficulties faced by wrongful conviction victims is an important step forward.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Client Testimonial Video

Watch a quick video to hear the story of one of our clients:

View More Videos: VIDEO CENTER
Super Lawyers
Edelman & Edelman, P.C. Attorney at Law BBB Business Review
National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association: Top 25 Martindale Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer rated for highest level of professional excellence | 2017 Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 trial lawyers 10 Best Attorneys | American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers

Call 212-235-1197 or contact us below to find out how we can help.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Schedule Your Free Consultation With A Lawyer

For construction accidents, personal injury and wrongful conviction claims, you will not find a more qualified legal team than Edelman & Edelman, P.C. We invite you to contact us to schedule a no-obligation initial consultation where you can learn more about how we can help you.

Please call 212-235-1197 or contact us via email to arrange an appointment.

Edelman & Edelman, P.C.
61 Broadway | Suite 2220 | New York, NY 10006

Free Consultations       Phone: 212-235-1197