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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.27.16

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.27.16

It most probably goes without saying that we are still stunned by the execution of Christopher Brooks last week. We discussed the potential repercussions for others,  and what, if anything, could be learned from this tragedy. The importance of staying on top of one’s case was a recurring topic for all of us.

We will not comment on the following quote : "It went exactly as I expected it to," Alabama Prisons Commissioner Jeff Dunn would say after the execution. "The team is very professional and they practice to make sure that nothing went wrong" except to answer with the following quote by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."

We were encouraged that Justice Breyer wanted to grant a stay of execution to Christopher Brooks and are disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court will not take up the Pennsylvania case addressing the question of constitutionality of the death penalty. In Alabama it remains unrealistic to think that abolition could come through its legislators.  While being well aware of this, we in no way will stop following the mandate of our founders “to be the other voice” and we thank all who help us with this mission, including the student who contacted us recently to say: “ After I saw the article about Christopher Brooks death penalty I realized how truly horrible it is.”

This weekend our executive director will be attending the Executive Leadership Retreat and the Quarterly Meeting of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP in Montgomery.

See you next week,