View Amendment Current Amendment: 5188CM12.docx to Bill 1037     The Committee on Corrections and Penology proposed the following amendment (SWB\5188CM12):
    Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/ SECTION     1.     Chapter 13, Title 24 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Article 22

Compensation for a Wrongful Conviction

    Section 24-13-2310.     (A)     The court shall award to a person who has been wrongfully convicted of an offense an amount equal to fifteen thousand dollars for each year or the pro rata amount for the portion of each year of the imprisonment actually served, including any time spent awaiting trial. However, the compensation shall not exceed fifty thousand dollars. The court shall give written notice of its decision to all parties concerned, and the State Treasurer.
    (B)     The State Treasurer shall pay the amount of the award to the person out of funds appropriated by the General Assembly for this purpose.
    (C)     If a person is wrongfully convicted by the State of an offense and imprisoned subsequent to the wrongful conviction, and the conviction is reversed or vacated and a final judgment has been rendered, then the person is not eligible for compensation pursuant to this section if the person:
        (1)     was convicted of any of the acts charged in conjunction with the offense;
        (2)     served the term of imprisonment concurrently with the sentence for the conviction of another crime; or    
        (3)     is serving a term of imprisonment for the conviction of another crime.
    (D)     A person awarded compensation pursuant to this section and who is subsequently convicted of a crime is not eligible to receive any unpaid amounts from any compensation authorized by this section."

SECTION     2.     This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /

    Renumber sections to conform.
    Amend title to conform.