Ronnie Long was wrongfully imprisoned by the State of North Carolina from May 10, 1976 until August 27, 2020. 44 years or 16,180 days to be exact. He was freed on my birthday!
He was just 20 years old when he was taken into custody. He had his 21st birthday while he was in jail awaiting trial. He just celebrated his 65th birthday as a free man.
Ronnie has suffered for 44 years behind bars for something he did not do! This man should never have to lift a finger or break a sweat for the rest of his life! Ronnie Long's only job should be doing what he wants, when he wants, where he wants, how he wants, with who he wants. The State of NC stole his working years from him & he is now the age of retirement.
Ronnie needs EVERYTHING, now that he is freed. We need to get a place of our own, as I was renting with 2 housemates to help keep costs low. I withdrew from college to fight for Ronnie full time. With COVID, work has been extremely slow. Ronnie needs clothes, medical care (hernia surgery needed ASAP), furniture, dishes, literally EVERYTHING!
Now that he is free & has been able to start receiving the medical care he has needed for so many years, the medical bills are starting to add up.
WE, as a community should be supporting him. This man did 44 years, that's OVER FOUR DECADES, in prison, for crimes he did NOT commit. Our NC tax dollars were used to keep an innocent man in prison. Our federal tax dollars were also used to keep him in prison because until just recently, the federal courts kept passing his case around instead of doing their jobs.
Compensation is not guaranteed. IF there is any compensation, it will take YEARS to receive. The State of NC has a cap at $750,000. That is just $46/day for the 44 years he suffered. The State of NC stole Ronnie's working years from him so he has no retirement, SSI, 401K, nothing. The medical bills are beginning to add up!
Come on #TeamRonnieLong, let's get Ronnie set up to enjoy his life as a free man!
**Others methods to donate:
Send a check payable to Ronnie Long.
Ronnie Long C/O Jamie Lau
210 Science Dr
Durham, NC 27708
**This fundraiser was created with Ronnie Long's permission. This is the only fundraiser for Ronnie Long. All funds go directly to Ronnie's own bank account that only he has access to.
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