Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Give to the Innocence Project this Season

Give to the Innocence Project this Holiday Season!
Dear Mary,
I will always remember September 28, 2012, the day I walked out of prison a free man after 15 years on death row in Louisiana for a crime I did not commit. On that day I became the 300th person exonerated by DNA in the United States.
Hundreds of exonerees came before me and I know there are hundreds waiting to follow in my footsteps.
I’m writing today to ask you to donate to the Innocence Project and help free others like me.
A lot has changed in my life since that day in September. I’m 38 years old and through an online course, I'm learning how to type for the first time. I’m amazed to see all the information and resources instantly available on the internet. 
Soon after I was released, I moved to my own apartment in Minneapolis with the help of the Innocence Project. I got my GED in just three weeks and I’m taking college prep classes so I can enroll in the local community college. I’m also proud to share that I will soon be employed doing office work at the law firm of my local counsel.
My life may not seem that exciting but for me it is extraordinary. In prison I was only allowed outside of my cell for one hour each day. I am enjoying the freedom now to lock and unlock the door to my apartment with my own keys, to be able to walk in and out as I please, to run errands, take the bus, go to school, and earn a living.  I am very fortunate and grateful to have the support I need to make this transition and I look forward to the rest of my life as a free man.

Damon Thibodeaux
Minneapolis, Minnesota