MN Lawmakers to Announce Legislation to Compensate the Wrongfully Imprisoned

WHAT: Tuesday, Jan. 28, Sen. Ron Latz and Rep. John Lesch will announce their plan to pass legislation this year to compensate Minnesotans who were wrongfully imprisoned and later found innocent. The federal court system, District of Columbia, and 29 states have such compensation statutes.

In drafting the legislation, Latz and Lesch have been working closely with the Innocence Project of Minnesota, which works to free people imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. In recent Minnesota history, three people – Koua Fong Lee, Sherman Townsend, and Michael Hansen – have been found innocent after spending time in prison.

WHERE: Room 125
Minnesota Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155

WHO: The following people will make remarks

· Sen. Ron Latz, Judiciary Committee Chair

· Rep. John Lesch, Civil Law Committee Chair

· Julie Jonas, Managing Attorney, Innocence Project of Minnesota

The following people will be available for interviews

· Michael Hansen, served six years in prison before proven innocent

· Koua Fong Lee, served almost three years in prison before proven innocent

WHEN: Tuesday, January 28
12:30 p.m.

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Ron Latz represents District 46, which includes portions of Hennepin County in the western Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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