According to the Innocence Project, in Missouri, only those exonerated through DNA testing are eligible for $50 a day of post-imprisonment. Not so for Strickland.
As of Thursday afternoon, donations to Strickland had topped $910,000.
The fund was created with the goal of raising $7,500 over the summer, which the fund says costs about $175 each year Strickland is wrongfully convicted.
Thirty-six states and Washington, D.C. have laws on the books offering compensation for exoneration, according to the Innocence Project. The federal standard to compensate people who have been wrongfully convicted is imprisonment of at least $50,000 per year, plus an additional amount for each year spent on the death penalty.
adjusting to a new world
Strickland said he learned of his release through a breaking news report that interrupted the soap opera he was watching on Tuesday.
The first thing he did after his release was to visit his mother’s grave.
“Knowing that my mom was under all that shit and I haven’t had a chance to go with her in years past… I revisited the tears I shed when he told me I was guilty of a crime. Which I didn’t do,” Strickland told Granthshala’s Brianna Keeler on Wednesday.
He said on Wednesday that his first night out of prison was restless, with thoughts of returning to prison keeping him awake.
“I’m used to being in a close, confined cell where I know what’s happening to me there,” he said. “And being home and you hear house settlers and electrical wires and anything else… I was a little scared. I thought someone was coming to pick me up.”
Convicted as a juvenile, acquitted as an adult
Douglas sustained a shotgun injury and then told police that Vincent Bell and Kill Adkins were the two criminals. But according to KSHB, Strickland, whom she knew, was present at the scene until a day later, after suggesting Strickland’s child shooter matched Douglas’ description, not identifying Strickland. Douglas claimed that his initial failure to identify him was due to his use of cognac and marijuana, according to KSHB.
But for the past 30 years she has been saying that she made a mistake and misidentified Strickland. According to KSHB, Douglas made efforts to liberate Strickland through the Midwest Innocence Project.
According to Strickland’s attorney, Robert Hoffman, the two attackers he identified both pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and each served nearly 10 years in prison for the crimes.
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