Law will fix Maryland’s compensation system for individuals that were erroneously convicted, sentenced and confined
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today signed into law legislation to fix the state’s compensation system for wrongfully convicted Marylanders. The legislation, known as “The Walter Lomax Act,” passed the House and the Senate unanimously last month thanks to champions in the legislature, Senator Kelley and Delegate Dumais. Prior to the signing of this new law, few exonerees had been compensated, and for those compensated, it was a long and challenging process. This new law designates Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) to oversee the process – rather than the state’s Board of Public Works (BPW) – and establishes a clear process and path to compensation for Marylanders who prove their innocence.