Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.17.16
During a time when there is a lull in reported news on the death penalty we want to take the opportunity to give a shout out to our Alabama partner organizations. As our Chairman and Board are on death row we depend on them to help us get the word out. Last week we heard from the National Association of Social Workers-AL inviting us to submit a brief paragraph article for their Fall Newsletter for their legislative update section. We were honored and delighted. It is reassuring to keep in mind that although we may be small our voices can still be heard thanks to our friends.
This week our legislators are meeting for a special session to try and close the spending gap which seems to loom each year. Not enough money for health care, not enough money for education! To gamble or not to gamble that is the question! We would like to offer a solution which not only would save our state some money but might just move us into the 21st century. Abolish the death penalty and we quote from the Death Penalty Information Center: “Recent studies of death penalty costs reinforce the existing evidence that the death penalty is becoming unmanageably expensive. Like a black hole, it absorbs vast quantities of resources but emanates no light. Nevertheless, politicians and much of the public are drawn to it in the hope of finding a quick fix to the crime problem. But as the actual costs of capital punishment become clearer, the public should be in a better position to judge the death penalty as they would other programs. If a program is highly cost intensive, given to years of litigious expense, focused on only a few individuals, and produces no measurable results, then it should be replaced by better alternatives.” We recommend that our legislators go to the Death Penalty Information Center for the lengthy report on cost and the death penalty or that they follow this link: www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty .
We signed on in support of CA’s proposition 62 and received the following thank you: “Thank you so much for signing on to support Proposition 62!
We want to gather as much support as possible. Will you forward this to three friends?”
And finally, Joe Hooks died last week on death row at Holman. Joe had been ill for quite some time and died of natural causes. We believe death came as a friend. R.I.P. Joe!
See you next week!