As genetic profiling makes exonerations more prevalent, many states have adopted laws to compensate the wrongly convicted. Texas leads the nation by paying such persons $80,000 per year they were incarcerated. But 21 states have no such statutes yet, leaving them wide open for lawsuits and possibly higher payouts.


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Which also explains why Texas installed an express-lane for the electric chair. They might be innocent, but they can't sue you if they're dead.