What do we owe the wrongly convicted?

Compensation for the wrongly convicted has been in the news recently. Just over a week ago, Indiana became the 34th state to pass a compensation law for exonerees — those found to be innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted.

That’s great — it really is. For a state to have a compensation statute is certainly better than not having one. But it begs the question:

How can the government possibly provide redress in the wake of a wrongful conviction?