State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that he will propose legislation, called the Unjust Imprisonment Act, to revise the state’s Court of Claims Act to remove barriers that can prevent people who have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned from recovering damages from the state.

 

The Attorney General said that that current law can prevent certain people from recovering damages from the state after having been wrongfully convicted and incarcerated. His proposed bill will allow those who can prove their actual innocence, even after pleading guilty, to pursue a claim against the state. He noted that since 1991, 27 people in New York have had their convictions reversed because of DNA evidence, and that at least 10 of those 27 people had also made false incriminating statements or pleaded guilty.