Britain to charge convicted innocents for housing & food?
Eugene Volokh alerted me to this amazing story:
Paddy Hill figured spending 16 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit was bad enough, but now, to add insult to injury, the Scotland resident is being charged by the British government more than �3,000 for each year he was incarcerated to cover the cost of his housing and food.
And Hill is not alone. Many others wrongly convicted are receiving similar demands from London.
This is not a joke or even a mere miscalculation by the British Home Secretary, David Blunkett (my emphasis):
Mike O'Brien, who spent 10 years in jail wrongly convicted of murder, is leading the court effort against the government. His baby daughter died while he was in prison, and he was charged �37,500 by the Home Office for his time behind bars.
O'Brien won the first round in court, but Blunkett appealed.
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