ex·​on·​er·​ee | \ ig-ˌzä-nə-ˈrē How to pronounce exoneree (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Under a new Indiana law, exonerees are now entitled to compensation for their time spent behind bars. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Man to get $1.4M from Indiana, city of Anderson after murder conviction reversal," 24 Apr. 2020 The website provides a series of petitions for people to sign, where your signature can help cases advance in the legal system, help lawmakers change policy, and help exonerees get compensation, and more. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "What Is The Innocence Project & How You Can Help The Advocates Behind Netflix’s Docuseries," 16 Apr. 2020 The General Assembly has also considered bills in recent years detailing how much exonerees should be paid. Washington Post, "Here’s how wrongfully convicted Maryland prisoners were compensated in the past," 26 Sep. 2019 These exonerees hail from all across the country: from California to Kentucky, Illinois to Pennsylvania. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "Convicted Based on Lies," 9 Mar. 2020 Maryland has paid a total of $3 million to seven exonerees since the General Assembly passed a law allowing such compensation in 1963, according to a Board of Public Works official. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Maryland offers about $9 million to five wrongly convicted men," 29 Oct. 2019 The names include former prosecutors and senior U.S. government officials, juvenile justice experts, law enforcement authorities, psychologists who specialize in the study of false confessions and more than two dozen exonerees. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dead Man Walking' Nun Among 250 Petitioning for Brendan Dassey's Release," 24 Oct. 2019 In the discussion afterward, speaking in slightly accented but very good Italian, Ms. Knox joked with one of the five exonerees, Lucia Fiumberti, about jailhouse superstitions. New York Times, "Amanda Knox in Italy: ‘I Am Not a Monster’," 16 June 2019 Transitioning to life as a free man was not easy, but Deskovic has not wasted a single moment of it as an exoneree. Michelle Malkin, National Review, "From Convicted Murderer to Exoneree to Law Grad," 5 June 2019

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2002, in the meaning defined above

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“Exoneree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exoneree. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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