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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.

Birmingham News: Our View: Alabama Appeals court decision regarding condemned inmate Anthony Ray Hinton shows yet again why death penalty should be abandoned

Sep
07

By Birmingham News editorial board The Birmingham News
 



(AP/Dave Martin)If there's one thing that should unite those who support the death penalty and those who don't, it's a desire to make sure no one is executed for a crime he didn't commit.


And if there's one thing that ought to preoccupy our justice system, it's making sure such a terrible travesty does not occur.

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Report from the Weekly Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.31.11

Aug
31

The hard copy of the latest edition of our newsletter Wings of Hope was mailed today. It is also up on our website. We are grateful to report that the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP is supporting the Montgomery Rescue and Faith Crusades fund raiser. Angela Davis and Bryan Stevenson are the guest speakers. We have a special spot in our hears for this organization of which the Browder Ministers are a part. The Browder Ministries visits Holman death row once a month and are very much appreciated by the men. We also sang Happy Birthday to Carey Grayson. Happy Birthday, Boo!

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Volume 15 | Issue 3 | July -September 2011

Aug
26

WORSE THAN TEXAS

l stole the title from the Economist because it triggers an instant reaction of shock and disbelief. How can little Alabama be worse that the mighty state of Texas? Mlghty at least when lt comes to the death penalty?

Well, we are worse than Texas when it comes to number of death sentences, and we are not speaking per capita. This is not new, so why has our state suddenly made headlines with articles proliferating and garnering attention nationally and state-wide?

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.24.11

Aug
24

The Board approved signing on in support of the Second Chance Reauthorization Act which is moving to the Senate. Pictures and Bios of the Board are up on our website www.phadp.org. The newsletter is at the printers and we are encouraged by the support for Derrick Mason.
See you next week! Esther

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Report from Weekly Board Meeting at Holman Prison 08.17.11

Aug
17

We discussed the Talking Points for Derrick and were shocked that the AL Supreme Court set a date before the U.S. Supreme Court heard and ruled on the Cory Maples case, which is very similar to Derrick's. We also made plans for a celebration of life party, thanks to a kind friend in Germany. Derrick is doing well!
See you next week! Esther

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EXECUTION ALERT

Aug
16

Execution Alert

Alabama has set September 22nd 2011 as the execution date for Derrick O’Neal Mason.

Derrick O’Neal Mason           September 22

We were shocked to learn this morning that Derrick, who is a member of the phadp Executive Board, was given an execution date. I will be discussing Derrick's Talking Points with the Board at the meeting tomorrow and will then send them out, asking for your help.

Thank you for always letting your voices be heard!

Esther and the Board

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 08.10.11

Aug
10

Discussed the potential effect the hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court of the Cory Maples case could have by highlighting Alabama's failure to provide counsel or any legal assistance for indigent death-sentenced inmates in postconviction proceedings. "As a result, those who are fortunate enough to have attorneys must rely on pro bono counsel, most of whom practice far from Alabama," states a brief filed on Cory Maples behalf. Oral arguments are set for October 4th.

We also sang Happy Birthday for 3 of the Board members.

See you next week! Esther

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.3.11

Aug
03

Discussed the pictures and bios of the Board members received today. We have a Board and a Sub-Board and, without being the least bit biased, I can tell you they are a bunch of good looking, dedicated guys! We will have their pictures and bios up on our web site in the very near future. All are asking their friends and pen pals to join us on our facebook page. As always, the Board was brought up to date on death penalty developments around the nation. Next week we will have 3 birthdays to celebrate. See you then! Esther

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Equal Justice Initiative, (www.eji.org) Alabama Newspapers Call for Reform of Judge Override

Jul
30


Following the release of EJI's new report on judge override in Alabama [1], the state's major newspapers are calling for reform of the override law.


The Mobile Press-Register [2] yesterday described judge override in Alabama as "unfair to juries, defendants and judges alike," and called on the appellate courts or the Legislature to limit the practice. The paper noted that rulings seeking to limit override are not being enforced, leaving in place a system that robs juries of their decision-making role and unfairly pressures elected judges to be "tough on crime."

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The EJI report, The Death Penalty in Alabama: Judge Override

Jul
28

The EJI report, The Death Penalty in Alabama: Judge Override, is at:
 http://eji.org/eji/files/Override_Report.pdf

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