The Exoneration of Ricky Jackson

$51,466 of $60k goal

Raised by 934 people in 20 months
Brandon Brown   CLEVELAND, OH
Ricky Jackson was sent to prison and sentenced to death in 1975 for a crime he did not commit. The only witness connecting Ricky to the crime was a 12 year old boy. The Ohio Innocence Project recently learned that the 12 year old boy was pressured by the police to identify Ricky and his two co-defendants.  On Friday, the state will drop all charges after he served 39 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. 

After 39 years Ricky has nothing.  Your donations will be given directly to Ricky to help rebuild his life.

To find out more visit the sites below:

http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2014/11/a_free_man_ricky_jackson_to_le.html

http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2014/11/18/ricky-jackson-to-be-released-from-prison-friday-after-39-years-of-being-wrongfully-incarcerated

Brandon Brown is a current fellow with the Ohio Innocence Project and law student at the University of Cincinnati.

This fund is administered by the Ohio Innocence Project. Again all money will be going directly to Ricky Jackson.
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Update 12
20 months ago
Hello everyone. On behalf of Ricky and everyone here at the Ohio Innocence Project, I just want to say thank so much for your support. The response has been incredible and we hope you'll continue to share and spread the word

Also, anyone who wishes to also donate to Wiley, Ricky's co-defendant who was also released Friday, may do so at gofundme.com/wiley.

Again thank you some much for the support!
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Update 11
20 months ago
Ricky with his first cell phone!
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Update 10
20 months ago
"Just because you're in prison, doesn't mean you have to be a prisoner. "- Ricky Jackson
Ricky Jackson
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Update 9
20 months ago
Moments like this... what a day
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Jerri Swoboda
17 months ago
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This is absolutely wonderful for this man. I would like people to visit my campaign for Exoneration of Robert Nelson. He spent 29 years in prison for rapes he did not commit. He was released 18 months ago and has not received anything from anyone. He does have an $11 an hour job but still living in his sister's basement. I am his friend and it is very hard to watch the struggle these men go through after society and the judicial system turned their backs on them. They didn't ask for their lives to be taken away. Rob only wants his own home and a normal life. Please take time to read his story too. Thank you. And may God continue to bless you Ricky Jackson and Project Innocence.

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Kiara Gage
18 months ago

Anyone that can help us or know anyone who can please add months or leave me a comment on my gofundme account

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Joan Ogden
18 months ago

Ricky is so deserving of every penny, but we need to support his friend and codependent Wiley too - only $14,535 has been raised for him!

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Lisa Fetterman Baer
19 months ago

Sending you my love Ricky! May God bless you! You are an inspiration to so many other innocent people imprisoned in our "justice" system.

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Karmen Janea
20 months ago

Congrats Ricky Jackson and to God well done God is God all by himself!!!!!:)

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Heidi Neely
20 months ago

So happy to hear the good new for Ricky Jackson. Like him, my brother is an innocent man who is facing life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He has Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning Autusm) and was blamed because he's the easy one to target. We are desperately trying to raise the needed funds for his legal defense so that he's properly represented the first time around in his upcoming trial and WON'T be convicted of something he didn't do in the first place. Please help if you can by donating or sharing the link: www.youcaring.com/JusticeforJustin2015. Thank you!

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Stephen Hutchens
20 months ago

Why didn't the 12 year old boy come forward when he reached maturity? Much of the blame falls on him! How sad, no amount of money can make up for a lost lifetime.

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Edward Cobbin Jr.
20 months ago

Hello congrats to ricky ! :-) Now can someone plz help me I have an fund raiser for youngsters of all ranges and MuSic art fashion art and dace plz go to my fund raiser page and donate to help build an artist center for troubled and unfortunate teen girls and boys wit all praises to God and his loving caring grace! Thank you God Bless! :-)

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Carol Brown
20 months ago

Ricky Jason are you part of the innocent project? I enjoy reading your messages! Ricky Jackson your looking young and handsome, strong and capable. I believe the sky is the limit! I want to follow you I want to see you succeed in life. (Better get social media friendly)I hope with the grace of god Ricky you are given back things denied. That you seek gainful employment, love, strong faith, loyal friends. It hurts to think of the trials you may face. I pray you find strength and something tells me you will find happiness.

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Marilyn Benson
20 months ago

Awesome!

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Ellyn Weiswasser
20 months ago

So the city is like OOPS, sorry about that guy!! THEY SHOULD PAY HIM FOR ALL OF THE YEARS OF POTENTIAL INCOME HE MISSED BY BEING WRONGLY ACCUSED. I think this is a very nice and generous thing that people are doing by donating money so he can rebuild his life, but let's say who is really obligated to help him with money to rebuild, really folks !!

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Lisa Lissner
20 months ago

Good luck to you!

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Crystal Delancey
20 months ago

God bless the people who worked for Ricky's freedom! My prayers will be with him! What an amazing man to go to study law after being robbed of a good chunk of his life. He will surely get a good amount of money from the state but that can take a long time to come to fruition. In the mean time he will have to survive with almost nothing to work with. Bless everyone who helps him. As a society we have wronged this man. The least we can do is show him love and support now after the living hell he was put through for 39 years.

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Skeeter Beater
20 months ago

Lick my balls!

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Eli Nuñez
20 months ago

I think that money should be pay by the city. Not by donations . I hope he sue.

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Debbie Smith
20 months ago

What a job the innocence project does for those that are innocent! I feel for those that don't ever get the chance Ricky & Wiley got. OHIO OWES THESE MEN BIG TIME!!! I feel bad for the 12 year old boy as well. Good Luck Guys and GOD BLESS YOU & good luck with all your future endeavors.

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Sariah Shepherd
20 months ago

I agree with Tanya. He should sue. The cities "oh gee, sorry, we had the wrong guy" in my opinion isn't good enough.

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David Turnbole
20 months ago

This is a joke. No, not the exoneration. Well deserved. The joke is he has to get money from donations and less than a thousand dollars a year. Here's my take on it: the city/county/state should all be pulling out 20-30 thousand per year of incarceration, including preliminaries including pretrial.

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Tanya Johnson
20 months ago

I share the same sentiment as Ron i think he should be filing a wrongful conviction suit against the city for 39 years normally this is SOP for someone whose life was taken from them 39 years my goodness. I hope he will file.

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Ron Reiss
20 months ago

Doesnt a typical wrongful conviction generate approximately 1 million per year served in civil suits

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$51,466 of $60k goal

Raised by 934 people in 20 months
Created November 19, 2014
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Laura Meuti
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Laura Meuti
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Tobi Olagunju
2 months ago

May you have the strength to keep going.

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LM
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Laura Meuti
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Laura Meuti
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Tarik Muhammad
4 months ago

You deserve more than what they gave you but I help this helps.

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JT
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jack turner
4 months ago

I was touched by your story at the debate last night. I am 100% in favor of abolishing capital punishment altogether. I'm so sorry for what you went through.

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Anonymous
4 months ago
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Radhika Ravikumar
4 months ago
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Harris Kaplan
4 months ago

Watched you ask a question to Hillary Clinton and went to read your story. Please accept my best wishes to you.

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Jerri Swoboda
17 months ago
1
1

This is absolutely wonderful for this man. I would like people to visit my campaign for Exoneration of Robert Nelson. He spent 29 years in prison for rapes he did not commit. He was released 18 months ago and has not received anything from anyone. He does have an $11 an hour job but still living in his sister's basement. I am his friend and it is very hard to watch the struggle these men go through after society and the judicial system turned their backs on them. They didn't ask for their lives to be taken away. Rob only wants his own home and a normal life. Please take time to read his story too. Thank you. And may God continue to bless you Ricky Jackson and Project Innocence.

+ Read More
Kiara Gage
18 months ago

Anyone that can help us or know anyone who can please add months or leave me a comment on my gofundme account

+ Read More
Joan Ogden
18 months ago

Ricky is so deserving of every penny, but we need to support his friend and codependent Wiley too - only $14,535 has been raised for him!

+ Read More
Lisa Fetterman Baer
19 months ago

Sending you my love Ricky! May God bless you! You are an inspiration to so many other innocent people imprisoned in our "justice" system.

+ Read More
Karmen Janea
20 months ago

Congrats Ricky Jackson and to God well done God is God all by himself!!!!!:)

+ Read More
Heidi Neely
20 months ago

So happy to hear the good new for Ricky Jackson. Like him, my brother is an innocent man who is facing life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He has Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning Autusm) and was blamed because he's the easy one to target. We are desperately trying to raise the needed funds for his legal defense so that he's properly represented the first time around in his upcoming trial and WON'T be convicted of something he didn't do in the first place. Please help if you can by donating or sharing the link: www.youcaring.com/JusticeforJustin2015. Thank you!

+ Read More
Stephen Hutchens
20 months ago

Why didn't the 12 year old boy come forward when he reached maturity? Much of the blame falls on him! How sad, no amount of money can make up for a lost lifetime.

+ Read More
Edward Cobbin Jr.
20 months ago

Hello congrats to ricky ! :-) Now can someone plz help me I have an fund raiser for youngsters of all ranges and MuSic art fashion art and dace plz go to my fund raiser page and donate to help build an artist center for troubled and unfortunate teen girls and boys wit all praises to God and his loving caring grace! Thank you God Bless! :-)

+ Read More
Carol Brown
20 months ago

Ricky Jason are you part of the innocent project? I enjoy reading your messages! Ricky Jackson your looking young and handsome, strong and capable. I believe the sky is the limit! I want to follow you I want to see you succeed in life. (Better get social media friendly)I hope with the grace of god Ricky you are given back things denied. That you seek gainful employment, love, strong faith, loyal friends. It hurts to think of the trials you may face. I pray you find strength and something tells me you will find happiness.

+ Read More
Marilyn Benson
20 months ago

Awesome!

+ Read More
Ellyn Weiswasser
20 months ago

So the city is like OOPS, sorry about that guy!! THEY SHOULD PAY HIM FOR ALL OF THE YEARS OF POTENTIAL INCOME HE MISSED BY BEING WRONGLY ACCUSED. I think this is a very nice and generous thing that people are doing by donating money so he can rebuild his life, but let's say who is really obligated to help him with money to rebuild, really folks !!

+ Read More
Lisa Lissner
20 months ago

Good luck to you!

+ Read More
Crystal Delancey
20 months ago

God bless the people who worked for Ricky's freedom! My prayers will be with him! What an amazing man to go to study law after being robbed of a good chunk of his life. He will surely get a good amount of money from the state but that can take a long time to come to fruition. In the mean time he will have to survive with almost nothing to work with. Bless everyone who helps him. As a society we have wronged this man. The least we can do is show him love and support now after the living hell he was put through for 39 years.

+ Read More
Skeeter Beater
20 months ago

Lick my balls!

+ Read More
Eli Nuñez
20 months ago

I think that money should be pay by the city. Not by donations . I hope he sue.

+ Read More
Debbie Smith
20 months ago

What a job the innocence project does for those that are innocent! I feel for those that don't ever get the chance Ricky & Wiley got. OHIO OWES THESE MEN BIG TIME!!! I feel bad for the 12 year old boy as well. Good Luck Guys and GOD BLESS YOU & good luck with all your future endeavors.

+ Read More
Sariah Shepherd
20 months ago

I agree with Tanya. He should sue. The cities "oh gee, sorry, we had the wrong guy" in my opinion isn't good enough.

+ Read More
David Turnbole
20 months ago

This is a joke. No, not the exoneration. Well deserved. The joke is he has to get money from donations and less than a thousand dollars a year. Here's my take on it: the city/county/state should all be pulling out 20-30 thousand per year of incarceration, including preliminaries including pretrial.

+ Read More
Tanya Johnson
20 months ago

I share the same sentiment as Ron i think he should be filing a wrongful conviction suit against the city for 39 years normally this is SOP for someone whose life was taken from them 39 years my goodness. I hope he will file.

+ Read More
Ron Reiss
20 months ago

Doesnt a typical wrongful conviction generate approximately 1 million per year served in civil suits

+ Read More
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