Published on: Sunday, November 28, 2021

A GoFundMe fundraiser to support Kevin Strickland has topped $1.4 million just days after he was freed from prison after spending 43 years incarcerated for a crime he did not commit (article available here). Previous coverage available here.

The Midwest Innocence Project set up the GoFundMe fundraiser as they fought for Kevin Strickland's release, noting that he would not receive compensation from Missouri and would need help paying for basic living expenses. The state only allows wrongful imprisonment payments to people who were exonerated through DNA evidence, so the 62-year-old Strickland wouldn't qualify.

Strickland is also set to light the mayor’s Christmas tree Friday night at Crown Center. Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a tweet that he is honored to have Strickland turn on the lights and asked the city to join the ceremony to show love for him.