Strangers Around the World Donate Nearly $57k to Help Newly Exonerated Man Get New Start

Less than 2 weeks ago, Ricky Jackson and his co-defendants, Wiley and Ronnie Bridgeman, were exonerated in a Cleveland court after serving nearly 40 years in prison for a murder they didn’t commit.  Prior to exoneration, the Ohio Innocence Project, which represented Jackson, set up a gofundme.com account for Ricky.  Since that time, nearly $57,000 has been donated to help Ricky get a new start.  More than $44k was donated directly on http://www.gofundme.com/rickyjackson, while another $12.5k was donated to Ricky outside of the website, through the OIP’s Phoenix Initiative fund.  Donations came in from all over the world, after the case received international press.  More than 15k has been donated to Wiley Bridgeman’s fund.

Because of the generosity of strangers, Ricky will have enough money to buy a car and get an apartment, and take his time receiving training in order to get a job, without being homeless and destitute in the meantime.

Thanks to everyone for this amazing show of support.

Donate to Rick here:  http://www.gofundme.com/rickyjackson

Donate to his Wiley Bridgeman here:  http://www.gofundme.com/wiley

3 responses to “Strangers Around the World Donate Nearly $57k to Help Newly Exonerated Man Get New Start

  1. This I like to see. I am forever grateful to those who donated money to me when I was released. I know how hard it has been for so many of us as we walk out into the free world with nothing but the clothes we are wearing. Thank you to all those who have given to Ricky and the rest of us. You each have my gratitude

  2. It really is a fine thing that people worldwide donated to the cause. This is the first I have heard about a link for Wiley. Thank you.

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