Monday, April 12, 2021

North Carolina just paid a man for 15 years of wrongful imprisonment. He was in prison for 44 years.

Ronnie Long was wrongfully imprisoned for 44 years on a rape conviction in North Carolina. But the state is only compensating him for 15 of those years. He says he deserves more. 

USA TODAY

In 1976, Long, who is Black, was accused of raping a white woman and then sentenced to life in prison. His attorneys have said that more than 40 fingerprints and other evidence collected at the scene were never shared. Long was freed in August 2020. He just received a $750,000 check.

North Carolina Law states anyone wrongfully convicted of a crime can receive $50,000 for each year they were imprisoned, but the catch is the amount caps at $750,000. That means Long, who is 65, will not be compensated for 29 years of the time in prison.

"You took my 20s, my 30s, my 40s and my 50s and you still talking about this is worth that?" Long told USA TODAY. 

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