Spread the Word: Send a Quick Message of Hope to an Innocent Prisoner

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Spread the Word: Send a Quick Message of Hope to an Innocent Prisoner

by Cord Jefferson

February 18, 2011

Ever since being arrested for a series of rapes and sexual assaults that terrified women in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984, Thomas Haynesworth has maintained his innocence. After 27 years, the law is finally on his side. Though he's now spent more than half of his life behind bars, prosecutors say new DNA evidence exonerates Haynesworth, pointing instead to a convicted rapist named Leon Davis.

Unfortunately, because the justice system is a sluggish beast, the almost-free Haynesworth must continue to languish in prison while his release paperwork is filed with the appropriate authorities. Thanks to the people at the Innocence Project, however, you can help ease some of his pressures.

If you have the time, go here to send a quick message of support to Haynesworth via the Innocence Project's website. It can be as short or as long as you'd like, and we're almost certain he'd love to read words of encouragement rather than worry about the brand new world he's getting ready to face. Haynesworth, who is now 45, went into jail when he was just 18.

Update: The link is working now.

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