Ricky is a nationally recognized speaker, author, advocate, and Executive Director of I Am Resilience. In 2019, after spending over 23 years in prison, Ricky Kidd’s conviction was overturned, and he was released. His release marked a monumental victory for the wrongly convicted and catalyzed broader discussions on the flaws within the criminal justice system. Ricky serves as the Philanthropy and Outreach Manager at MIP and was elected to serve as a member of the Innocence Network Executive Board & selected to be on the Kansas City DA Community Advisory Board. His unwavering resilience and commitment to justice have earned him numerous accolades and recognition. He has been featured in various media outlets, including documentaries, podcasts, and television shows, raising awareness about the urgency of reforming the justice system. Beyond his advocacy work, Ricky is a symbol of hope, proving that it is possible to find redemption and rebuild one’s life after enduring profound injustice. He inspires others, showing the power of perseverance, education, and the unwavering pursuit of truth.
A Journey Inside The Mind of The Innocent
Vivid Expressions By Ricky Kidd
He writes while in prison, “Few could ever handle their life being dismantled, surrounded by total darkness without even so much as a candle. I was forced to become the light, illuminating everything in sight. I was forced to become the oxygen if ever I was to breathe again.” The pieces released in this book serve as a small window into what it's like to be innocent. Some are simple; others are profoundly provocative… A journey readers can take without ever having to leave their chairs.
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THE MISSION OF THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF EXONERATIONS is to provide comprehensive information on exonerations of innocent criminal defendants in order to prevent future false convictions by learning from past errors.