Whatever you do, don't call it easy money. Newly freed prisoners in Texas are being compensated richly for their travails, thanks to a new law in the state, which leads the nation in freeing wrongly-convicted inmates.
Under the new law, which took effect this week, Texas exonerees will receive $80,000 for each year spent behind bars, in addition to lifetime annuity payments of between $40,000 and $50,000 a year. The program also includes free tuition for up to 120 hours of study at public college and $25,000 for every year spent on parole or as a registered sex offender. Medical and dental treatment, job training and other social services are offered, as well.