ex·​on·​er·​ee ig-ˌzä-nə-ˈrē How to pronounce exoneree (audio)
: 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

Examples of exoneree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Thursday, three exonerees urged the General Assembly’s Interim Judiciary Committee to join 38 states that by law offer compensation to people who are wrongfully convicted. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2023 Maryland, where Syed’s case is located, calculates compensation by multiplying the number of days the exoneree was imprisoned after conviction with the daily rate of Maryland’s median household income. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2022 Hayne’s and West’s shoddy work and questionable testimony are linked to at least seven wrongful convictions—collectively, these exonerees have served more than 400 years in prison. Lara Bazelon, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2023 Martin Santillan laughs with other exonerees outside of the courtroom after he was formally exonerated of a 1997 capital murder on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas. Krista Torralva, Dallas News, 22 Mar. 2023 After Pina left prison, another exoneree, Robert Foxworth, took him shopping and bought him the latest iPhone. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 Almost every exoneree has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit arguing their constitutional rights were violated by Watts, his team and the city of Chicago, Tepfer said. USA Today, 5 Feb. 2023 State statutes usually require individuals seeking compensation to demonstrate their innocence – being released from prison does not automatically mean an exoneree is entitled to pay. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2022 Darrell Jones strode through the crowd as a veteran exoneree, having walked out of Massachusetts state prison in 2017 after 32 years. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

2002, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exoneree was in 2002

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“Exoneree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exoneree. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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