I feel the government should be made to compensate for this man's lost time. He did not commit the crime but he did the time and the least the government can do is pay him for everything he has lost and then some. Everybody makes mistakes and we all have to pay for them.
A man was convisted of a crime he did not commit. If the actual perpetrator of the crime has been caught and admitted to the deeds, the man should definately be released. There is no way to return the lost time to the innocent party. The only way to recompense the innocent party for this injustice is to pay him a reasonable amount of money. A civilized society must be based on fair justice for wrongs commited.
The years spent in prison for a crime he did not commit can never be gotten back. He will be far behind in the job force. It is possible that he has broken relationships with loved ones that can never be repaired. His health has likely suffered. He will need funds to get back on his feet.
Yes, the man that was convicted of committing four murders in Detroit then later released should be compensated by the government for being imprisoned. At the time of his sentence the man in question was only 15 years old, yet nine years passed by before he was released. He was not released because someone finally believed that he was innocent or because new evidence was found to exonerate him. The man in question was only released after the real killer came forward and confessed. That means that he lost nine years of his life where he could have actually begun to build a life for himself, and he would have lost many more with no hope of release if the real killer had not chosen to come forward.