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How Much is 27 Years of Your Life Worth?

Monday, April 9, 2012

jailed for nothingCan you imagine what it would be like to be sitting on your couch one evening when the police burst into your home and arrest you?  You have no idea what is going on because you haven’t done anything wrong...or at least not against the law.  You are then thrown in a jail cell without the ability to get a bail bond until your trial.  It gets worse as you sit in a courtroom and listen to prosecutors talk about you in the context of a crime someone else committed, and there is nothing you can do but say, it wasn't me. The Judge then says "guilty" and you find yourself in a jail cell for next 27 years. Well this nightmare was exactly the one that Thomas Haynesworth faced when he spent almost 3 decades in jail for a crime he didn't commit.  Twenty seven years.  That is 9,855 days or 236,520 hours you have to sit in a jail cell and wonder what happened. 

When the system finally figured out that Haynesworth was innocent and that a mistake had been made, they offered him compensation for his trouble.  He was paid $1 Million for 27 years of undeserved incarceration.  What do you think? Is that enough?   Read the original story below.

Original Story: Would you accept $1 million compensation for 27 years spent wrongfully in jail?