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Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty is an Alabama death row prisoner founded and run organization, established in 1989.

Our mission is to work together with friends and other supporters to educate the public and to bring about the abolition of the death penalty in Alabama.

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.27.16

Apr
27

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.27.16

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.20.16

Apr
20

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.20.16

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.13.16

Apr
13

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.13.16

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 4.6.16

Apr
06

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.6.16

We are always on the lookout for ways to reach out and make a difference. The population highest on our list and dear to our heart is at risk youth. After all, we were there and know the dangers and challenges for that group. One could say that we are the experts! In 2002 a subgroup of our organization, Creepin Death, put out a booklet which was a Youth Outreach Program. Along the way, it was placed in the hands of youth leaders, among others, the Selma group Century 21. We are in the process of reediting the booklet.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.30.16

Mar
30

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.30.16

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.23.16

Mar
23

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.23.16

We dislike having to begin with a piece of negative news but a couple of days ago we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an inmate's claim that Alabama's death sentence law is unconstitutional. It was the first Alabama death penalty appeal to reach the Supreme Court on this issue since Hurst was decided on Jan. 12, and strengthens the position of the Attorney General that our sentencing “scheme” is constitutional. However this will not be the last appeal of its kind!

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Weekly Report, 3.16.16

Mar
16

Weekly Report, 3.16.16

We are pleased to be able to report that the Florida Hurst ruling is making itself felt in Alabama. One of our Board members who had asked for a rehearing based on the Hurst ruling got word that the U.S. Supreme Court had asked Alabama to respond to  the request. And that is exceptional and also brings hope to others.


In addition, around the state there are conflicting rulings by circuit judges whether the state’s death penalty law is legal, prompting several judges to decline to rule on its constitutionality. Bravo!

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.9.16

Mar
09

 

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.9.16

 

What a rollercoaster week this has been for us at Holman! The Alabama Supreme Court set an execution date for Vernon Madison for May 12th and the Attorney General’s office requested execution dates for Robert Melson  and for our Chairman, Ronald B. Smith.

 

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.2.16

Mar
02

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.2.16

S.B. 237 filed by Senator Brewbaker R. Montgomery and cosponsored by Senators Hightower, Whatley, Stutts, Marsh, Reed, Ward, Smitherman and Figures, made it out of committee by a 10-0 vote. It now moves to the full Senate. Our thanks and appreciation to Stephen Stetson, a lawyer of Alabama Arise for his skilled presentation in favor of the bill and the Innocence panel which he stated was needed “as recognition of human frailty in the justice system”.

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