***Michael walked out of prison a somewhat-free man (he is due to serve four years' parole) on January 28, 2021.***
Now he wants to be a voice for the voiceless by being an advocate for criminal justice reform, but he needs our help to get there.
His sentence was commuted, which carries different consequences than a pardon. While a pardon deletes a conviction, a commutation keeps the conviction but deletes or lowers the punishment. Individuals with past drug or felony convictions are usually ineligible for public housing. So Michael is entirely dependent on the support of friends, family and the kindness of strangers to secure a suitable place to live.
100% of these funds will go into a bank account to fund Michael's the *perfect* place Michael has been manifesting since his release.
“A most sincere thank you to all my supporters who have donated on my behalf so that I can re-establish myself back Into the community. I am turning 70 and will be starting from nothing after 25 years of incarceration as Michigan’s longest serving non-violent offender. As i begin my journey as a free man, I will be needing everything including a place to live, food, car, gas, insurance, phone, internet, clothes, medical, dental, self care and monthly bills. I am well aware many of you are going through hardships of your own, so please know how extremely grateful I am to every one of you for helping me at this time of transition. My heart is full of gratitude for those who have offered their assistance. May God bless you as you have blessed me. With peace and love, Michael Thompson"
Michael is one of the blessed ones to receive everyone's support. Deepest thanks go to Shaun King for setting up the website FreeMichaelThompson.com and really getting the momentum going to free him, as well as our friends at Last Prisoner Project for all the work they've done to draw attention to Michael's story and the stories of countless other drug war POWs.