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Christie vetoes part of compensation change

Local News | May 10, 2013

Christie vetoes part of compensation change

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says people who are wrongfully imprisoned should receive more compensation, but he’s found fault with some of the details put forth by lawmakers.

Christie on Thursday conditionally vetoed a bill to increase pay to the greater of $50,000 or twice a person’s previous income for each year the person spent in prison.

Currently, wrongfully convicted people are eligible for twice their income or $20,000 per year in prison, whichever is greater.

Christie says he does not want to give the payments to those who bring about their own incarceration by wrongly pleading guilty.

He also says he does not want to increase the payments automatically tied to changes in the Consumer Price Index.

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