ex·​on·​er·​ee | \ ig-ˌzä-nə-ˈrē , eg-\

Definition of exoneree

: a person who is shown to be not guilty of a crime for which he or she was formerly found guilty : a person who is exonerated of a crime There is still no consensus about the value of lost time. Missouri gives exonerees fifty dollars a day for time served, California twice that much. Massachusetts caps total compensation at half a million dollars. In Maine, the limit is three hundred thousand; in Florida, it's two million.— Ariel Levy

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Of those 362 cases, 130 exonerees were wrongfully convicted of murder. Sandra E. Garcia, The Seattle Times, "DNA evidence exonerates a man of murder after 20 years in prison," 16 Oct. 2018 There's something so incredible about being around anyone of these exonerees who have been through these unimaginable nightmares. Ray Rogers, Billboard, "Lava Records' CEO Jason Flom on His New Children's Book 'Lulu Is a Rhinoceros' & the Future of Rock 'n' Roll," 10 July 2018 Among the group's members are death row exonerees, including Ray Krone — one of Arizona's most famous inmates to be exonerated. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Anti-death penalty group calls on Arizona to end capital punishment," 4 May 2018 Courtesy True Conviction Documentary Scott, 47, shares his success in the case with fellow exonerees Johnnie Lindsey and Steven Phillips. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "A Detective Agency for the Wrongfully Convicted: Exonerees Fight for the Innocent Behind Bars," 26 Apr. 2018 The state paid out $4.1 million last year to exonerees and nearly $8.4 million in 2016. Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com, "Should Ohio pay wrongfully imprisoned ex-inmates if prosecutors withhold evidence?," 4 Apr. 2018 Johnson also joined other exonerees in January to meet with lawmakers at the state Capitol. Darrell Smith, sacbee, "He said he didn’t kill his daughter. It took 15 years in prison for him to prove it | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018 The act shortens time allowed for death-penalty appeals and has gained criticism from death row exonerees, like Anthony Ray Hinton, and defense attorneys across the state. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Alabama and capital punishment 2017: From the execution chamber to legislature," 29 Dec. 2017 The federal government, the District of Columbia and 32 states have laws that allow compensation in some form for exonerees, according to the Innocence Project in New York. Dana Littlefield, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Football star's wrongful conviction for rape gets Hollywood treatment," 16 Sep. 2017

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2002, in the meaning defined above

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