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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 2.3.16

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 2.3.16

We are proud that the law class at Holman offered by our Vice Chairman, Anthony Tyson is reaching out to all the men who are out of appeals. The topic will address the options remaining related to the Florida Hurst ruling as well as to the lethal injection protocol. A positive vehicle for mutual support!


The letters regarding the essay competition were mailed to the various principals. We look forward to their response.


We like the quote from the Delaware Repeal Project after last week’s abolition setback: “No repeal today. The vote was 16-23-2. Do not lose heart. Every time the issue is discussed, more light is shone on the issue. Abolition is coming!” Words for all of us to keep in mind!
We are very pleased to report that the Florida Supreme Court has delayed the execution of a death row inmate after his attorneys argued that the state should first determine how to apply a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state's death penalty system is unconstitutional. Also in question is whether the 390 inmates awaiting execution in Florida will remain on death row or be resentenced to life in prison. As of last week, more than 40 inmates had appeals pending. Meanwhile, Delaware with a similar sentencing “scheme” has put all death penalty cases on hold.


Last weekend our executive director attended the Executive Leadership Retreat and the Quarterly Meeting of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP in Montgomery. In her role as Death Penalty Moratorium Chair she gave two updates on developments in our state and requested that any Execution Alerts and Vigils be forwarded to members of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP. To quote the NAACP “it takes team work to make a dream work.” We appreciate the many organizations which stand with us!


There will be a Board meeting next week but Esther will be attending the 2016 National Association of Social Workers-Alabama Chapter Advocacy Day in Montgomery. And so:


See you the week after next!
Esther