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Petition pushes Kansas to compensate those who’ve been wrongly convicted

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There’s a new push to right a wrong when courts don’t get things right.

Lamonte McIntrye spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he didn’t do and The Innocence Project, which represented McIntrye, has launched an online a petition.

They want to change Kansas laws to help people like McIntyre start over by giving them compensation when courts get things wrong.

Lamonte McIntrye may be the most dramatic example of why laws need to change. He’s 41, but he’s spent more than half of his life in prison since he was arrested at the age of 17.

McIntrye is rebuilding his life at a barbershop. He’s doing so alone, with no support from the state.

McIntrye is the most experienced student barber you’ll ever meet because he cut hair in prison for 23 years.

However, outside of prison, he needs his official state license.

He’s starting over thanks to charity and hard work. Next fall, he’ll be a 42-year-old college freshman.

Last October, the state dropped charges against him after a stunning evidentiary hearing.

Expert witnesses told a judge the case against McIntrye was a total wreck. It highlighted corruption and even sexual abuse by a former KCK  police detective.

McIntrye’s case prompted numerous KCTV5 investigations because the truth behind his original conviction was so outrageous. McIntyre didn’t even know the victims.

However, McIntyre and other prisoners who are wrongfully convicted don’t get a dime.

Now the new online petition hopes to change that by calling for some sort of compensation program.

Thirty states and the District of Columbia currently offer something. In Missouri, you qualify for $50 a day if and only if your innocence proven by DNA. Iowa also offers $50 a day, plus lost wages and attorney's fees. Nebraska caps the amount at $500,000.

Kansas, on the other hand, offers nothing

McIntyre is the face of the petition, but a new law won’t affect what happened to him; he’s doing this for the next person.

There is mounting pressure to change laws. KCTV5 is aware of a Kansas state bill that will soon be filed. Of course, it will be up to legislators to pass it, which is why the petition exists.

If you are interested in signing that petition, click here.

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Man set free after 23 years in prison: "No one should go through something like that"

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