Wrongful incarceration; definition, compensation. (HB203)

Introduced By

Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Writ of actual innocence; available after parole or pardon.  Emphasizes that the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals have the authority to issue writs of actual innocence for persons who are not currently incarcerated because they have been released on parole or probation, granted a pardon, or otherwise released. The bill also provides that the statutory guidelines employed by the General Assembly for determining compensation of persons who have been wrongfully incarcerated also apply to a person granted a writ of actual innocence based on nonbiological evidence and a person who has been granted an absolute pardon for the commission of a crime that he did not commit. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100076D
01/08/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/18/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
01/22/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2010Committee substitute printed 10104364D-H1
01/26/2010Read first time
01/27/2010Read second time
01/27/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104364D-H1
01/27/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB203H1
01/28/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/28/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/02/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB203H1)
02/24/2010Assigned Courts sub: Civil
03/08/2010Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Read third time
03/10/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB203ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/09/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB203ER)
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 496 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0496)