Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.28.16
During our last Board meeting of the year it seems appropriate that we look back at 2016 a year that was very disappointing for Alabama. In spite of the fact that it began with an execution the Hurst ruling addressing the constitutionality of Florida’s death sentences encouraged us to hope. Yes, our death penalty system is not identical to Florida’s, it is even more egregious and there seemed to be signs that the U.S. Supreme Court realized that only to shatter our hope when it allowed Alabama to torture Ronald B. Smith to death.
Of course we always knew that Alabama was different when it came to evolving standards of decency and so it came as no surprise that we continue to have the largest per capita death row as well as the most per capita death sentences.
Looking forward to 2017 yes, bills addressing judge override have been filed on both sides of the aisle and we appreciate that although they don’t restore life to those who have already been killed by the state.
If we do have reasons to hope it is because of our friends and supporters. And so in closing we want to wish all of you a happy and healthy 2017 and express the hope that you will continue to stand with us as we continue our struggle to Be the Other Voice as our founder Jesse Morrison exhorted us to be 28 years ago.
See you next week!