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Updated: 04/24/2014 08:00:03AM

Bills to compensate Richardson for wrongful imprisonment advance

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN
Dr. Sharon Goodman welcomes James Richardson back to Arcadia. She also gave him a plaque representing the keys to the city.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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James Joseph Richardson, who spent more than 20 years in a state prison before being freed in 1979, is closer to being compensated for his prison time.

A Florida Senate bill drafted to compensate individuals who were convicted and sentenced to a prison term, and later exonerated, was unanimously approved by the Senate Rules Committee on Monday. Richardson could receive up to $50,000 for each year he was wrongly imprisoned.

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