My guest on this episode has such an unbelievable and inspiring story of persistence and faith. I was introduced to Faye Jacobs through the Midwest Innocence Project, a regional partner of the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is one of the non-profit organizations that receives donations from the sales of Nickel & Suede’s Black Sweethearts. We launched these earrings in 2020 to support the Black Lives Matter movement. The earrings have raised over $20,000+ to date, and we love that we can share more about these non-profit organizations and their good works on the podcast.
Back to the incredible Faye Jacobs – it is impossible not to be deeply impacted by her story. At the age of 16, she was wrongfully convicted and charged with capital murder. She spent 26 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. Yet in spite of the incredible obstacles against her, Faye remained optimistic and hopeful. She gives credit to her faith for staying resilient throughout such a dark time in her life.
So how did Faye find freedom after 26 years? With the help of the Midwest Innocence Project, she was able to petition for a release due to a Supreme Court ruling that children under the age of 18 cannot be sentenced mandatorily to life without parole. As a result, Faye was re-sentenced and released from prison—free but not exonerated.
She now resides in Kansas City and cares for her elderly mother in addition to catching up with family. She also dedicates free her time to helping others who have been incarcerated. Her organization, Innocence Too, provides vital services to formerly incarcerated individuals. Faye is determined to use her experience to help and uplift others.
Faye’s story is one of resilience, faith, optimism, gratitude, and hope. I am so thankful she took the time to speak with me and I hope you feel as inspired as I did after hearing her story. Be sure to comment below or send me a message after listening. I would love to hear your thoughts. And to learn more about Faye and the Midwest Innocence Project, please visit the links below.
Help Faye overturn her wrongful conviction which will greatly improve her ability to find employment and access educational opportunities: https://www.change.org/p/asa-hutchinson-support-the-pardon-of-laquanda-faye-jacobs.
To learn more or support the Midwest Innocence Project, please visit their site: https://themip.org/.
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