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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.2.16

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.2.16

S.B. 237 filed by Senator Brewbaker R. Montgomery and cosponsored by Senators Hightower, Whatley, Stutts, Marsh, Reed, Ward, Smitherman and Figures, made it out of committee by a 10-0 vote. It now moves to the full Senate. Our thanks and appreciation to Stephen Stetson, a lawyer of Alabama Arise for his skilled presentation in favor of the bill and the Innocence panel which he stated was needed “as recognition of human frailty in the justice system”.

We look forward to Alabama Arise’ annual Lobby Day on March 8th where there is the opportunity to meet and thank legislators at a luncheon hosted by Alabama Arise and of course before that, at the State House. We hope to see some of you there!

We are pleased that this bill is getting a lot of attention around the state and thank those students of Msgr. Carroll Catholic High School who asked how they could help to get it passed. They will be contacting their legislators to let their voices be heard. It is never too early to begin civic engagement and we commend their teacher, Mike Bouton, for fostering this.

We would also like to give a shout out to one of our longtime Advisory Board members, Psychologist Dale Wisely. He is on the agenda of the Alabama Psychological Association in June to ask for a resolution calling for abolition in Alabama. This is not his first time doing this. Thank you, Dale!

And as one can never say “thank you” too much we would like to thank the NASW-AL for all the great pictures taken by their photographer at their conference. Not only are they a reminder of a very special day, but they also allow the Board at Holman to be part of the event.

Meanwhile the next edition of Wings of Hope is on its way to the printer.
See you next week!
Esther