2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Conference Report)

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Claim for Wrongful Incarceration (language only)

Item 4-14 #5c

Item 4-14 #5c

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Page 736, after line 32, insert:

"12. § 1. That the General Assembly finds that Esther Thorne (Ms. Thorne) spent more than six years in prison within the Virginia Department of Corrections for crimes she did not commit. On June 1, 2020, the Virginia Court of Appeals found that Ms. Thorne had proven her actual innocence, vacated her convictions, and issued a writ of actual innocence based on non-biological evidence, and her record was subsequently expunged.

§ 2. That there is hereby appropriated from the general fund of the state treasury the sum of $321,587 for the relief of Esther Thorne, to be paid by check issued by the State Treasurer on warrant of the Comptroller upon execution of a release of all claims Ms. Thorne may have against the Commonwealth or any agency, instrumentality, office, employee, or political subdivision in connection with the aforesaid occurrence.

The compensation, subject to the execution of the release described herein, shall be paid as a single lump sum of $321,587 to be paid to Ms. Thorne by check issued by the State Treasurer on warrant of the Comptroller within 60 days immediately following the execution of such release.

§ 3. That Ms. Thorne shall be entitled to receive career and technical training within the Virginia Community College System free of tuition charges, up to a maximum of $10,000. The cost for the tuition benefit shall be paid by the community college at which the career or technical training is provided. The tuition benefit provided by this section shall expire on January 1, 2025.

§ 4. That any amount already paid to Ms. Thorne as a transition assistance grant pursuant to subsection C of § 8.01-195.11 of the Code of Virginia, shall be deducted from any award received pursuant to § 1 of this act.

§ 5. That the provisions of § 8.01-195.12 of the Code of Virginia shall apply to any compensation awarded under this act."

Page 736, line 33, strike "12" and insert "13".

Page 736, line 33, after "seventh" strike "and".

Page 736, line 33, before "enactments" insert ", and twelfth".

Page 736, line 35, strike "13" and insert "14".


(This amendment provides compensation for Ms. Esther Thorne, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 6 years and issued a writ of actual innocence by the Court.)