What Do We Owe Victims of Wrongful Convictions?

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Glenn Ford spent 30 years on death row in Louisiana's Angola prison — convicted for a murder he didn't commit, but now that he's been exonerated he still can't get the compensation state law says he's entitled to.  Last month, prosecutor Marty Stroud told NPR he felt guilty for his role in the wrongful conviction. "I want to apologize to Mr Ford. I would wish him well and wish him the best in efforts for compensation and to be compensated for the years he's been deprived of... I believe it's a horror story from beginning to end, and I played a part in that." Emily Bazelon is staff writer for the New York Times and Truman Capote fellow at Yale Law School.