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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 One Massachusetts exoneree, Gary Cifizzari, served 35 years for a conviction based entirely on the comparison of bitemarks — an evidentiary technique that is no longer considered scientifically sound. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 That’s a problem, innocence advocates say, because the state does not pay interest and because payments are terminated upon the exoneree’s death. al, 24 Nov. 2021 The country’s longest serving exoneree, Anthony Mazza, survived 47 years and two months in prison in Massachusetts before he was freed earlier this year. al, 24 Nov. 2021 Previously the board would decide how much to pay an exoneree, when to pay and whether to pay them at all. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 The law that bears his name sets the amount an exoneree is eligible to receive for each year of imprisonment to the state’s annual median income, averaged over five years. Washington Post, 30 June 2021 Under the bill, an exoneree would apply to an administrative law judge, and compensation would be based on a formula set to the Maryland median household income. baltimoresun.com, 31 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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