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Innocence Compensation: A Comparative Look at the American and Canadian Approaches


Myles Frederick McLellan


Algoma University; Anglia Ruskin University

April 5, 2013

Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 49, No. 2, p. 218, 2013

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The plight of the wrongfully convicted is gaining prominence with the growing awareness of the prodigious harms to innocent persons at the hands of the criminal justice system. Most of the attention, both scholarly and legislatively, has been focused on the causes of miscarriages of justice. What needs to now be addressed more comprehensively is the issue of how to provide redress to those persons whose lives have been inexorably damaged; and how to best compensate them in their efforts to rebuild a life. Virtually all western democracies have turned their attention to this issue, some more effectively than others. This paper looks at the similarities and the differences in the approaches between the United States and Canada in this regard. Lessons can be learned from both.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: innocence, compensation, innocence compensation, wrongful convictions, miscarriages of justice, human rights, negligent investigation, malicious prosecution, charter damages, FPT Guidelines, ex grata payment, moral obligation bill,constitutional damages, compensation legislation, U.S. innocence


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Date posted: April 7, 2013 ; Last revised: May 27, 2016

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McLellan, Myles Frederick, Innocence Compensation: A Comparative Look at the American and Canadian Approaches (April 5, 2013). Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 49, No. 2, p. 218, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2245845

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Myles Frederick McLellan (Contact Author)
Algoma University ( email )
1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 2G4
Canada
Anglia Ruskin University ( email )
Bishop Lane Hall
Chelmsford
United Kingdom
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