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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 8.19.15

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 8.19.2015.

Death penalty news around the nation continues to keep us on a rollercoaster! Good news from the Connecticut Supreme Court making abolition retroactive! Justice Richard Palmer writing for the majority: "Upon careful consideration of the defendant's claims in light of the governing constitutional principles and Connecticut's unique historical and legal landscape, we are persuaded that, following its prospective abolition, this state's death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose. For these reasons, execution of those offenders who committed capital felonies prior to April 25, 2012, would violate the state constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment."

Not good news is that the Arkansas DOC has obtained lethal injection drugs, including midazolam, and has an official execution protocol. Arkansas has a law which allows the drugs used in an execution to remain secret. The last execution in that state was 10 years ago.

Closer to home, rollercoaster or not, the Board as well as our friends and supporters continue to hold steady, whether it be Advisory Board Member Sam Sullins with his excellent on point weekly letters to Senator Cam Ward and other legislators, https://www.facebook.com/projecthopetoabolishthedeathpenalty;  others who are contacting foreign companies which are thinking of coming to Alabama or are already here, and of course the Board brainstorming at their meetings and doing their best to network with outside contacts. The articles for the next edition of Wings of Hope are due today and letters for the Unite to Face Addiction Rally on the D.C. Mall are going out to CURE today.

We continue to hope that Alabama supporters have put the Alabama Arise Annual Meeting, September 12th on their calendar. We need your votes! If you come as our representative you can cast 7 votes for abolition.

 

See you next week!
Esther