Compensation should be automaticConvicts who lose years of life behind bars for crimes they did not commit should be compensated. Period. And they shouldn't have to go to court to fight for it. It should be automatic.

Most people who go to prison lose everything. When they get out they have few or no assets. When the government wrongly takes away someone's ability to earn a living, enjoy friends and family, or build a life, then the government needs to make up for that immediately upon the person's release. Yet, only 15 states have laws that compensate those who have been wrongly convicted. Washington is not among them. ...