Humanity for Prisoners
In 2001, Doug Tjapkes formed the Humanity for Prisoners based on a dream of his best friend, Maurice Carter, who had been behind bars for 29 years for a crime he did not commit. Doug met the challenge of Carter, who stated that he wanted to convert this negative into a positive and help others who have been wrongly convicted and serve as an advocate for all prisoners with special needs. It was their dream that the two would work together upon his release from prison. That was not to happen. The courts rejected a four-year legal effort headed up by the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Meanwhile, while incarcerated, Maurice contracted Hepatitis C and a serious staph infection. Governor Jennifer Granholm commuted his sentence for medical reasons in July, 2004. He enjoyed only three months of freedom. He died at the age of 60 in October, 2004, before he could qualify for a liver transplant.
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