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Legislature ready to change law that denied compensation to wrongly imprisoned man

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Legislature is apparently ready to fill a gap in California’s law to compensate people who are imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. The gap is that the law covers only those who suffered financial losses from their lockup, and apparently leaves out the down-and-outers who were unemployable in the view of the board that awards the payments.

The fix may come too late, however, for the daughter of a San Diego County man who spent nearly seven years in state prison, and found out only after his release that he shouldn’t have been charged in the first place.

On Monday, a state appeals court upheld the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board’s denial of funds to Charles Herbert Holmes III’s daughter, who took up his case after his death.

Holmes had a long criminal record, mostly for relatively minor offenses, but was convicted of second-degree child molestation in Rhode Island in 1992, when he was in his late 20s. After moving to California about 20 years later and serving time for burglary, he was ordered to register as a sex offender, failed to do so and was sentenced to prison in 2005.

Read the whole story at SF Gate


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