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Default Idaho needs a compensation law for the wrongly convicted

Christopher Tapp is an exonerated man, but he has not received justice. After spending nearly 20 years behind bars for a rape and murder he did not commit, Tapp was cleared last July by new DNA evidence that identified the real perpetrator. Nevertheless, the finding came many years after Tapp was convicted on the basis of a coerced confession and without a shred of physical evidence.


Now he faces the difficulty of life after exoneration in Idaho where wrongly-convicted citizens like Tapp are left without support for fundamentals, like housing, transportation, health services or insurance, and with a criminal record that is rarely cleared despite innocence. For exonerees, the punishment lingers long after they are released from their prison cells — and the state that unjustly took away their liberty does nothing to help them rebuild their lives.



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