Miles of Freedom: Richard Miles’ Story of Triumph After Injustice – Stand Together


– [Richard] My number was 728716 and I learned that number
more than I learned my name, my family, or my social security number. Because that’s what I
was defined as, a number. That night when I got out
the car, May 15, 1994, I was walking home and that was the longest
walk I ever took in my life, it took 15 years to get home. The actually crime took
place approximately six miles away from where I was actually walking at. I was taken, not because
I fit the description but because I fit the
demographics of an individual that killed one person
and shot another person. I went to prison for 15 years for a crime that I did not commit. I was 19 years old. One of the first things that happens when you are incarcerated is you are immediately reduced from a human to a commodity. You are not a citizen anymore. I believe there is a purpose
for what I went through and with that on my mind I strive every day to be held accountable to what God has for me. We met each other on Coffield
Unit around 2005, 2006. We had a lot of long nights
just talking about life and getting out. I remember the night I left, I jumped up on the bed
and I ran downstairs I’m screaming all in the. – [Male] Yeah, right. Everybody like, if I get out I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that. You don’t know exactly
what you’re gonna do because you make penitentiary plans in the penitentiary but when you get out those
penitentiary plans don’t apply. That’s why they go back. You have to separate prison from society. It’s like two different realms. – How the system treats the individuals that are incarcerated, it’s not conducive to
transitioning into society. Everything that a average
person knows how to do, because they ave been introduced to it, we are thrown into it. The internet, the bus routes, you can’t get employment, you can’t get an ID, you can’t get back into school. You know before you walk out of prison that you have an X on your back. An identifiable mark that will limit your success in society. Even coming out as an innocent person, somebody’s gonna always lift an eyebrow. You beat the system. No, the system beat me, physically. You know, it beat me. We started Miles of Freedom not because I was wrongfully incarcerated but because I was incarcerated. I tell people coming out of prison, I know you didn’t have all the accesses ’cause I was there. I know you’re limited ’cause I was there. But it doesn’t limit you out here. You’re out here now, that’s an opportunity for
us to show our change. When Van got out, we were able to assist him and he’s a foreman now at a warehouse. He’s been working almost four years. Kenneth James, his biggest
thing was going back to school. – [Kenneth] I just knew it was over, I knew I couldn’t get a
construction job or welding job. I didn’t know what I was gonna do but I wanna thank you Richard, for encouraging me that at 74 years old there is still some worth in me. And I am glad. I’m pursuing my dream, what is that dream? It’s to help somebody that
is bound by addictions like I was. – Prison is not just a physical place. It can be a mental place, it can be a financial situation, it can be a relationship. We all have these miles of
freedom that we must walk. One of the greatest things that
came out of my incarceration was an in-depth spiritual awareness. When everything else
that’s tangible to you is stripped away from you, the core of your being is
the strongest part about you. We are people capable
of extraordinary things. No matter what we have been through. My name is Richard Miles, and my number was 728716.

28 thoughts on “Miles of Freedom: Richard Miles’ Story of Triumph After Injustice – Stand Together

  • You are an amazing man. Truly a inspiration. I plan on going back to school to help rehabitate sex offenders. We all deserve a second chance. GOD bless you.

  • Where are the News Reports about Afroscendent Men like him? Where are these stories that show the Power, Determination and Perseverance of the Afroscendent People instead of the stories that always make us out to be criminal, wannabe, yo nigga, thug life, unintelligent morons? Where are THESE stories that show how we overcome racial cruelty and discrimination to become a stronger people. Cause theres a Whole Lot More Of Them Out There Than What The Media Shows The World. These are the stories BET should be putting at the top of their playlists. These are the stories Bounce should be playing on repeat. Instead of showing the stereotyped black ghetto trash they always portray our people as being into, and then wonder why theres still whites who see us as nothing but street fodder not worth being alive. This man is an inspiration to All Afroscendent people. His story is the story parents should be letting their children learn from.

  • this is a great story and a lesson to society that the offenders don't become repeat offenders by themselves they become repeat offenders because society doesn't give them a second chance and forgives them of their wrongdoings like good people should

  • This is Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream: people to be assessed by their character and not the color of their skin.

    Despite your wrongful imprisonment, you’ve taken the responsibility to love and teach others to overcome the darkness.

    You are a light shining on the hill!

  • "They say a man never really knows himself.. until his freedom's been taken away."

    Most men find out they are awful people. Though it is romantic and sentimental to see these kinds of stories of people who find out they were the best kind of person. Unfortunately, if you release 100 random inmates youll just end up with 95 inmates right back in prison within the year.

  • You are truly amazing… thank you for what you’re doing. I want to have the strength and compassion you do someday.

  • I went to prison at the age of 19 I'm now 24 a journeyman plumber I'm making over 100,000$ a year and your videos speak to me so deep… I want to help people that I went through what I went through and show them life isn't over… I want to help

  • Mad respect, that number doesn't define who you are, you are doing something amazing, this is the only ad ive ever clicked on, and im happy I did, I wish you and your movement all the best in the future, you have truly inspired me and many others alike. Mad respect.

  • If anyone wants to know the song that is played you just have to reply to my comment here and i'll tell you.

  • So this guy said he was in jail for 15 years and didn't look like the suspect, rather it was due to him just being a black male? Is that how it played out? What was the description of the original suspect vs him at the time?

  • Happens to white people, too. I say this because in today's political climate, it's fairly obvious this story is being told not because of a desire for justice but for left-wing politics.

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