Prof. Adele Bernhard Comments on Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation

Professor Adele Bernhard talked to the St. Louis Beacon about the need for compensation and re-entry programs for individuals who have been wrongfully imprisoned. The article centered on a recent lawsuit filed by a Missouri man, Dale Helmig, who had been wrongfully convicted of the 1993 murder of his mother. After being incarcerated for more than 14 years, Helmig was exonerated and released from prison in December 2010. He now seeks damages based on the “deprivation of his rights, privileges, and immunities guaranteed by the federal and state constitutions.” 

“I think it’s terrible that they get out and there is nothing there to help them readjust,” said Adele Bernhard, a law professor at Pace University. “Everyone thinks they will be millionaires in a second. No one can believe that they are not compensated easily and generously for what happened to them.”

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