Help us bring Ken home!
Help us bring Ken home!
Today, thirty-five year old Ken Crawford is known as an incredibly creative wildlife artist who has been behind bars since the age of sixteen. Since landing in prison 20 years ago, Ken has worked hard to change his life and become the man God created him to be.
Sadly, Ken grew up in an abusive home where violence and drug abuse were commonplace. When the almost daily beatings and abuse eventually came to the attention of authorities, nine-year-old Ken and his siblings were removed from the home and sent off to foster care. Fifteen foster homes later, Ken ran away to escape the pain and abuse he encountered there as well. Unfortunately, with no adult supervision, love or guidance, he made terrible choices with respect to peers and role models. At the age of 15, Ken was involved in a terrible crime with an older co-defendant and received a sentence of life without parole. It is a crime he deeply regrets.
Our family created this petition in the hope that Ken will be given a chance at coming home to the first loving home he has ever been offered. Almost ten years ago, when my husband and I first met Ken, we were deeply impressed by the man he had become, particularly because he had little support or visits from anyone on the outside. His reputation as a model inmate, his determination to perfect his art, and his nearly unwavering optimism and kindness astonished us. We did not expect ANY of those qualities of a young man who had spent so many years behind bars. In fact, we were so impressed, years later, my husband and I, and our three sons, ultimately made the decision to legally adopt him into our family.
In prison, Ken is known for his kindness and cooperation with staff and inmates. He has completed every program available to him, including college courses and a diploma as a Veterinary Assistant paid for through is art. He is a trained Certified Peer Specialist who works with mentally ill inmates. At the request of staff, Ken painted murals all around the prison in an effort to bring light into a dark place. He has demonstrated great remorse for the crime he was involved in at age 15, and his character and kind example were the reason over 30 officers and staff provided letters of support for him during a recent court hearing---something almost unheard of in corrections, where any such assistance is discouraged.
Sadly, despite abundant evidence of his redemption, my husband and I may never see Ken come home. With his current 52 year minimum sentence, he will not be eligible for parole for another 33 years, when he will be 68 years old. Our family is asking that you prayerfully consider joining with us to give this truly redeemed young man a chance to rejoin society----and the family and friends who love him dearly.