Raymond Gaines Spent 47 Years(Wrongful Conviction)

Raymond Paps Gaines has been incarcerated for 47 years, he fought many years for his life to prove his innocence. This case is a prosecutorial misconduct and BPD corruption. This system has stole 47 years from Raymond and his family. Raymond was a father when he was incarcerated and now he is coming home to his beautiful grandchildren.  

47 years is almost a lifetime in it self. The system almost let an innocent man die in prison while serving two life sentences for a crime he did not commit.  Community members and organizations like New Beginning ReEntry Services , Families for Justice as Healing  and The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls  came together using an organizing strategy called Participatory Defense to prove Raymond's innocence. 

Raymond is coming home!!! 

He needs our support, Coming home after 47 years being incarcerated since the age of 19 he is now 67. Raymond has a lot of unaddressed health issues and is a covid survivor.  Please donate to help Raymond with food, shelter and any day to day needs.   This wont be an easy transition after enduring the trauma of incarceration for 47 years, however as a community we can come together to help Raymond.

When we fight we win!!!

Thank you for taking your time to donate, please also help by  sharing.

*Update 06/01/2021*
Thank you for your support and sharing of this gofundme. Raymond is doing great adjusting and healing from the trauma caused by incarceration. Everyday is a new day for Raymond and when we fight we win. Raymond has been adjusting and preparing to open his personal bank account, however after 47 years of incarceration Raymond is working overtime to get proper identification and documentation needed for the process. Community members and organizations like myself have been covering his bills and making sure all donations from this gofundme goes directly to Raymond as he adjusts to life back in his community. My name is Joneisha James and I am responsible for withdrawing funds from  this gofundme that is deposited into a separate account I created for Raymond under my personal name and Raymond meets me at our office once a week and picks up his funds. He monitors the amounts deposited and his very grateful for the amount of on going support he is receiving. If you would like to speak to Raymond please contact me at [phone redacted] and I can possibly arrange a line of communication.  Support is still needed for rent, food and day to day needs. Please help us reach out goal to support Raymond. 

Thank you!
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Joneisha James 
Boston, MA