A bill is making its way through the Colorado legislature that would provide compensation for individuals that have been wrongfully convicted of crimes. This proposal would allow those deemed to have been wrongfully convicted to collect up to $60,000 annually for each year that they were in prison.
In a neighboring state of Colorado, a woman has been convicted of making false allegations of rape and sexual assault. Apparently, the woman claimed that she was raped by four men including one individual that was arrested because of the allegations.
A deaf man was detained in Adams County Detention Facility in 2010 after being arrested on domestic violence related charges. This individual was then detained without having any ability to communicate with the individuals in charge of the facility.
Undoubtedly, accusations of rape need to be taken seriously. There has long been criticism of the way rape and sexual assault trials have been tried in that the victim is sometimes made to feel like the one actually on trial.
A former cornerback of the Denver Broncos and now starter for the 49ers is trying to get his life back in order after recently being acquitted for sexual assault. Because of the sexual assault charges leveled against him in Colorado, Perrish Cox was unable to play in the NFL during the 2011 season.
A Denver Senator has proposed legislation that would compensate wrongfully convicted individuals for time that they have spent in prison. If such a bill were to pass, Colorado would join 27 other states that have passed similar legislation.
In general, we all like to think that the criminal justice system works. But the system is not perfect. It's run by people and people make mistakes. Of course, it must be a constant goal to improve the system and reduce the likelihood that an innocent person is convicted of a crime in Colorado and the rest of the country.
Timothy Masters has lived every person's worst nightmare. Masters spent more than ten years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was wrongfully convicted in 1999 of the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick. Now, the Colorado government seeks to make amends.