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Life after exoneration in Missouri

Kevin Strickland was finally freed after 43 years wrongfully imprisoned, but Missouri’s compensation law only allows for payments to prisoners who prove their innocence through a specific DNA testing statute. What does freedom hold for Strickland and other exonerees like him?

Kevin Strickland was exonerated last week and released from a Missouri prison, after serving 43 years for a 1978 triple murder he didn't commit. Despite being declared innocent by a judge, Strickland is not owed any state compensation for his wrongful imprisonment.

On KCUR's Up To Date, host Steve Kraske spoke with Marilyn Chappelle, founder and executive director for Exceeds Expectations Inc., and University of Missouri-Kansas City associate professor of law Sean O'Brien about why only some Missouri exonerees are compensated, and what programs can help the formerly incarcerated re-establish themselves in a free society.

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