Maryland exonerees deserve compensation. Instead, they face delay after delay.

Hubert James Williams spent nearly 12 years in prison for two attempted murders that the state of Maryland agrees he didn’t commit. Set free without a dollar to his name, he cycles among hospitals, Veterans Affairs-subsidized housing and homelessness. He owns one pair of pants, which he holds up with a rope. He can’t afford a belt.

In accordance with Maryland law, Williams requested compensation for his wrongful imprisonment from Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) in January 2018. He was followed by four other Maryland men who collectively served 120 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. The BPW has simply ignored their requests.

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