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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 07.27.11

Jul
27

The EJI Report on jury override continues to be of great interest to all. The Board members reviewed and were delighted with the graphs from the 2005 poll. They are now posted on the library bulletin board for prisoners and prison staff to see. Also discussed were the indeterminate stays in Arkansas and Ohio linked to the lethal injection protocols. There is a month's stay for the same reason in FL.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 07.20.11

Jul
20

The Board is delighted to announce that Rev. Tom Duley and Claudia Whitman have joined our Advisory Board. Both are long time friends and both have been actively working for abolition for many years. We have consulted with them for many years and so thoug...ht it was about time to make it official. Also discussed was an email received from a 3rd year law student in Mass who is doing an independent study on Modern Trends in Capital Punishment with a focus on Alabama. She posed particular questions, which the Board, among other individuals will answer.

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BOB BLALOCK: Overriding unfairness in state's death penalty sentencing

Jul
17

BOB BLALOCK: Overriding Unfairness in state's death penalty sentencing

Bob Blalock discusses the case of Bobby Waldrop and the reason Judge Dale Segrest chose to override the jury's recommendation for Life Without Parole in his case.

The article includes commentary from EJI's Bryan Stevenson and comparison between Alabama's capital punishment system and those found in other states like Texas and Florida.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 07.13.11

Jul
13

It is our custom to invite recent arrivals to Holman's death row to a board meeting once they have come off single walk. It gives us the opportunity to share what we hope are some helpful insights about life on death row. The presence of today's guest was well timed as we discussed the broad national media attention to the EJI report on jury override. Courtney Lockhart is mentioned in many of the articles as his judge overrode the recommendation of 12 jurors. We wish him well.

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William "Corky" Snyder 7.12.11

Jul
12

Friends,


We are very sad to announce that William "Corky" Snyder took his own life this morning on death row at Holman Prison. He had lived with severe back pain for many years.


We extend our sympathy to his family and many friends.


Corky was a valued member of our organization and a frequent contributor to our newsletter. We shall miss you, Corky, and thank you for being our friend for many years. Rest in peace! We will not forget you!


The Board of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty

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Weekly Report from the Board meeting at Holman Prison 07-06-11

Jul
07


One of the points of discussion was the strong stand the Danish pharmaceutical company is taking by threatening law suits if its drug is used to execute. Concern was voiced over the lack of transparency in Alabama in all matters concerning the death penalty, including the provenance and shelf life of the execution drug. Also discussed was Sunday's upcoming meeting of the Planning Committee in Birmingham. It was noted that there had been several new arrivals on death row. See you next week! Esther

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Weekly Board Meeting Report | 06-30-11

Jun
30

The Board discussed the positive response to our new website and to our new logo. There was much interest in the graphic by Dr. Wisely, which illustrates that although nationally death sentences are on a downward trend, in Alabama they increased during the same time period. Also discussed was how the botched execution in GA and in Alabama would become an issue with future executions. The Chairman asked Board members to direct their family and friends to our website and facebook page.


See you next week! Esther

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And then there is Alabama...

Jun
24

While executions nationwide have been consistently decreasing over the last decade, Alabama has been continually seeking to expand the use of the death penalty, as the graph below illustrates.

AL v USA executions 1999 - 2010

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Redesigned www.phadp.org and New Logo!

Jun
24

We are pleased to announce that www.phadp.org has been completely redesigned, and by a unanimous decision of the Board, Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty has adopted an new official logo! We believe these are both necessary steps in displaying PHADP as a unique organization committed to the cause for which it was founded. We hope in the days, weeks and years ahead of us these will each become visual representations of an organization dedicated to achieving the abolition of all state killing in Alabama. 

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