Wrongly convicted Missouri man Kevin Strickland was released from prison on Tuesday, November 23, after 43 years. Here’s how you can donate on their Go Fund Me page.
As the former prisoner prepares to start his new life, he thanks God for helping him through a difficult time.
“I am thankful to God that he has protected, protected me for 43 years,” he said outside a western Missouri correctional facility, which is now wheelchair-bound.
How to donate to Kevin Strickland’s GoFundMe?
Those who wish to donate money to help Kevin go to his GoFundMe page and select the ‘Donate Now’ option.
Besides donating money, another way to help a Missouri person is by sharing your story and the link to your GoFundMe with others. To do so click on the ‘Share Now’ option.
Kevin, 61, has spent more than 42 years in prison. Her fundraiser on stage is created by Tricia Rojo Bushnell.
So far 3,217 people have donated, with a total of $237,462, compared to the original goal of $150,000.
The largest donation of $5,000 was made by an unknown person.
Why was the Missouri man in prison?
According to a recent court ruling, Kevin was wrongfully convicted of a triple murder in 1978 and sentenced to more than 42 years in prison.
This week, a judge ordered the immediate release of Kevin from state custody, after spending 15,487 days behind bars.
Lawyers working for the Midwest Innocence Project, who worked for months to free Kevin, were “enthusiastic” about the news.
Kevin has maintained his innocence since his arrest at the age of 18. The Missouri native was sentenced in 1979.
The 61-year-old has faced the longest wrongful imprisonment in state history, but he is unlikely to receive any financial compensation under Missouri law.
According to data from the National Registry of Exoneration, it would be the seventh longest wrongful conviction accepted in United States history.
Other ways to help those wrongly convicted
There are many other places people can donate to help those wrongly convicted.
One way is to contact lawmakers, local prosecutors and police departments to uncover the wrong culprits and ask them about policies to stop them. Public pressure can be an important weapon in such cases.
Another way is by donating to the Midwest Innocence Project, After Innocence, and other nonprofits that are working towards the cause.
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