Wyoming bills to help wrongfully convicted advance

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers are considering two bills aimed at helping people wrongfully convicted of crimes.

The House gave initial backing to both measures Monday.

Senate File 28 would create another way for felons to seek a new trial if new evidence surfaces that could prove their innocence. Currently, they have the right to petition for a new trial if new DNA evidence is found but not if other evidence arises, such as someone else confessing to the crime.

Senate File 30 would provide compensation to those exonerated of a felony. They would be able to get $100 a day for every day they spent in prison up to a maximum of $500,000.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the bills need to pass two more votes before being sent to the governor.

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