Mission: To create a Productive Bridge of Transition for Individuals, Families and Communities Impacted by Incarceration and to Facilitate Growth and Acceptance to Become: Motivating, Inspiring, Law-Abiding, and Enthusiastic Successful Citizens.
Born April 26, 1975 to Mr. Richard and Thelma Miles, Richard Miles was your average kid doing kid things. At a very early age, his parents divorced and his mother married the now late Bishop William L. Lloyd. In their home, they did not use the word “stepfather”, so to Richard, Bishop Lloyd was unquestionably his Father. With one older sister, Lashawnda, and two younger brothers, William and Emanuel, Richard was raised in the heart of Dallas, Texas. He attended Skyline and Justin F. Kimball High Schools where he maintained a “B” GPA; in „92 he was able to tour Texas State Technical Institute with great hopes of pursuing a career in the field of “plastic technology”. But in May of „94, his life would take a dramatic turn after being falsely arrested for the offenses of murder and attempted murder. After spending a total of 15 months in the Dallas County Jail, Richard went to trial and presented by plea of innocence to a judge, prosecutor and a jury of peers. A seven day trial and eight hour deliberation ended with Richard receiving a total of 60 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit. In October of 1995, at the young age of only 20 years old, Richard left Lew Sterrett County Jail in Dallas and headed to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division in Tennessee Colony, TX, where he would spend the next 14 years proclaiming his innocence and fighting for his freedom – all while enduring an environment that was not conducive to change or society. Despite these immeasurable odds, while incarcerated he received an Associate Degree in Applied Science and numerous vocational certificates. He would eventually receive his ordination as a minister by his own father, Bishop Lloyd in September of 2001. After filing and losing a direct appeal and the 11.07 Writ of Habeas Corpus to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Richard began submitting pleas to television shows, colleges, and law firms declaring my innocence. He then met Mr. Benjamin Spencer, innocent and still incarcerated, who advised him to write Centurion Ministries in Princeton, New Jersey. His first letter to Centurion in 1998 would lead to ongoing correspondence over the course of 10 years. It was in 2008, Centurion accepted his case and by October of 2009, Richard Miles left the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Division on his way back home to Dallas. A fifteen year journey seemed to be coming to a close. Walking out of that prison in 2009 a “free” man but not fully exonerated and being the first non-DNA conviction without confession – it would take the Court of Criminal Appeals two and a half years before a full exoneration would be announced. In the interim, Richards transition was very difficult. Reuniting with family and attempting to reconnect with a world he had been disconnected from for so long was more challenging than not. Although grateful for his family‟s unwavering support, sadly his father would not be alive to experience the joy of this reunion. On February 15, 2012, standing in front of Dallas County District Judge Andy Chatham – Richard Miles received a heartfelt and long overdue apology. It was that day in that courtroom, he would be officially notified of the Court of Criminal Appeals‟ decision to acknowledge Richard‟s false imprisonment. And so a new journey would begin… The passage God provided him gave way to the birth of a non-profit organization appropriately named, Miles of Freedom, in June of 2012. The Miles of Freedom mission is to provide assistance for those impacted by incarceration; right or wrong, in or out. Since his release from prison, Richard has been a consistent special guest on numerous platforms in radio, television, and stage – speaking on topics ranging from wrongful incarceration to education to the prison pipeline. He‟s traveled the nation with his story of faith and perseverance and has even been memorialized in the book, “Tested”, written by mother and daughter Dorothy and Peyton Budd. Richard has also presented court testimony in trials as a prison Expert Witness; and one of his most memorable moments includes reading his own case, “ExParte Richard Miles (SW 3rd 359)”, that is now a part of our legal history for all time. Also among his growing accomplishments: Recipient of the Miguel Hildago Award (2013); TDJCID Chaplain Volunteer; DISD Volunteer; and more. But there are no greater accolades to be received that compare to Richard‟s most remarkable honors like marrying his beautiful wife, Latoya, on September 15, 2013 and then a year and a half later, holding his firstborn child, Raelyn Grace, on March 6, 2015. Life has truly become Richard‟s own extraordinary Miles of Freedom!