And the truth will set you free
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set free you." John 8:32
This is a callout to anyone who might have knowledge of or be holding on to evidence that could free an innocent person or lead to their freedom. I know it can be hard to decide to come forward, but with all that is happening in the world today, how certain are you that you are going to live till a ripe old age, in which case the information you have goes with you forever and never helps free the person you could have freed. Or risk something happening to the innocent person while serving a spurious sentence like contracting Covid-19, which recently steamrolled through our nation's prisons. Unless someone comes forward, those who have been wrongfully convicted will only know freedom in their heart & mind but never the feeling of walking on a sandy beach or fresh-cut grass. And remember (and this is true for both scenarios) the actual guilty person is left to traverse the globe committing more crimes and creating more victims.
Here's something else you may not know. There are many reasons why wrongful convictions occur, the latest being Coerced Corroboration. This happens when police/prosecutors threaten witnesses or promise them favorable outcomes to solicit a desired response. For instance, as in Crosley Green's case, prosecutors threatened his sister that they would take away her children (a common tactic) unless she acquiesced and gave the testimony they provided her. Or sometimes police will drop pending criminal charges in exchange for testimony that will further their case. In any case, things may have changed since you obtained this information—the laws, your social standing or circumstances, your marital status, your financial situation or socioeconomic environment, etc. Or maybe other valuables have changed like addresses, death, and children who have grown up and are no longer under the influence of their parents/guardians.
If you have knowledge of information that could set the story straight and shed light on the truth, I beg you to think about the big picture. Is holding onto this information still worth it? What if it was you that this information could help? What if it was your child that it could help? With all of the uncertainty in the world today, I implore you to give it serious thought. Now more than ever before, the wrongful convictions community has resources that can help you leverage against perjury or self-incrimination.
If this doesn't apply to you, please, please, pass it on.
You just never know who might be living with information that has been eating at them for years, or even decades, or maybe they've forgotten all about it. Maybe sharing this will be just the thing they need to encourage them to come forward. Let us pray:
Dear Heavenly God,
I pray whoever is reading this now, either those who have information and need to come forward or those who know someone who does, that You give them the strength and courage to do the right thing, Lord, and that law enforcement/all government players will handle it justly and show the same grace and mercy they would want You to show them.
We pray that by coming forward, whatever the role they played, they will know by Your hand, Lord, that sharing this information with the authorities is the just and honorable thing to do. We pray they will know this by the goodness that will be shown to them through You. '38 Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you,'" (Luke 6:38). In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.