Corey Williams Fresh Start Fund
Corey Williams was only 16 when he was arrested for a crime he did not commit. He was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in Caddo Parish. After 20 years of legal defense and advocacy, Corey was finally released. Corey has always maintained his innocence, but accepted a guilty plea to lesser offenses which would allow him to finally walk free.
When Corey was released from prison after 20 years of incarceration, he had no possessions, money- or even a driver’s license. Despite starting over from scratch, Corey found a minimum wage job at a cabinet making company within days of his release. He has maintained that same job ever since. Corey is still unable to afford a place of his own and his options for housing are limited. He lives with his mother in Shreveport and in his free time regularly speaks to members of his community about his experience. Corey has spoken at local churches, juvenile detention facilities, to men and women on probation and parole, to students and attorneys, and even to members of the NFL Players Coalition. He has remained positive despite having the cards so stacked against him.
Corey’s dream is to start his own landscaping business and be able to live in his own apartment. When he isn’t working full time and being active in his community, he landscapes for his neighbors.
As we approach the anniversary of Corey’s release, please consider donating to the Corey's Fresh Start Fund. Corey has made tremendous progress, and is an incredibly hard worker, but he continues to rebuild his life and make up for opportunities he missed. Your donation will make an enormous impact and help Corey achieve his goals of moving into his own apartment and purchasing a truck for his landscaping business.
The Promise of Justice Initiative has put together a collection of graphics, sample tweets and hashtags which you can use to bring awareness to Corey’s story and help raise money for the Corey’s Fresh Start Fund. This toolkit contains resources and social media posts which we encourage you to share with your friends, family and followers. Together we can support Corey and help him lead the life he deserves.