Nationally, 306 wrongfully convicted inmates have been exonerated and released from prison across the country thanks DNA evidence. In 1986, Bennie Starks was sentenced to 60 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. DNA evidence proving his innocence was submitted to the courts in 2000. Unbelievably, he was not exonerated and released until 2013, having served 27 years for the crime.
The writer of Hebrews entreats us to remember those in prison as if we were in prison with them. Try to put yourself in Bennie Starks’ shoes (as if you were in prison with him). What would you want people outside the prison to do? What does “remembering those in prison” look like? Hundreds of inmates have been on a hunger strike due to conditions throughout the nation. Consider fasting all or part of today to “remember” and show solidarity with those who are in prison.
The Innocence Project and the Northwestern University Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions are two organizations working to exonerate those who are wrongfully convicted. Their web sites include the stories of many men and women who were unjustly condemned and imprisoned. Today, pray for those who are still awaiting exoneration while in prison and for those who are working to ensure that the innocent are released.