Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code
Sec. § 103.001
Claimants Entitled to Compensation and Health Benefits Coverage


(a)

A person is entitled to compensation if:

(1)

the person has served in whole or in part a sentence in prison under the laws of this state; and

(2)

the person:

(A)

has received a full pardon on the basis of innocence for the crime for which the person was sentenced;

(B)

has been granted relief in accordance with a writ of habeas corpus that is based on a court finding or determination that the person is actually innocent of the crime for which the person was sentenced; or

(C)

has been granted relief in accordance with a writ of habeas corpus and:

(i)

the state district court in which the charge against the person was pending has entered an order dismissing the charge; and

(ii)

the district courts dismissal order is based on a motion to dismiss in which the states attorney states that no credible evidence exists that inculpates the defendant and, either in the motion or in an affidavit, the states attorney states that the states attorney believes that the defendant is actually innocent of the crime for which the person was sentenced.

(b)

A person is not entitled to compensation under Subsection (a) for any part of a sentence in prison during which the person was also serving a concurrent sentence for another crime to which Subsection (a) does not apply.

(c)

If a deceased person would be entitled to compensation under Subsection (a)(2) if living, including a person who received a posthumous pardon, the persons heirs, legal representatives, and estate are entitled to lump-sum compensation under Section 103.052.

(d)

Subject to this section, a person entitled to compensation under Subsection (a) is also eligible to obtain group health benefit plan coverage through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as if the person were an employee of the department. This subsection does not entitle the persons spouse or other dependent or family member to group health benefit plan coverage. Coverage may be obtained under this subsection for a period of time equal to the total period the claimant served for the crime for which the claimant was wrongfully imprisoned, including any period during which the claimant was released on parole or to mandatory supervision or required to register under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure. A person who elects to obtain coverage under this subsection shall pay a monthly contribution equal to the total amount of the monthly contributions for that coverage for an employee of the department.

(e)

Notwithstanding Section 103.053(c), annuity payments may be reduced by an amount necessary to make the payments required by Subsection (d), and that amount shall be transferred to an appropriate account as provided by the comptroller by rule to fund that coverage.
Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 959, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1488, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 180 (H.B. 1736), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 698 (H.B. 417), Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2011.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1107 (S.B. 1686), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1107 (S.B. 1686), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.
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