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What Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty means to me

We asked the Board to write on the topic “What Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty means to me”. This is the fifth article in this series. We hope it will give you some insights into who we are as well as what we are all about.

When you put 185 men in a small place, all charged with the same kind of crime, looking at the same kind of punishment like the death penalty, if they don’t kill each other first, you will get something like Project Hope.

For me Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty is hope. It informs me about what’s going on in the world with the death penalty. It lets me know that there are people that think somewhat like me, like if anytime you give any government the power to legally kill its citizens they will. And if you try to stop them, they will fight you to keep killing.

Plus Project Hope helps me keep my word to my daughter that I won’t just lie down and let the state kill me. So I am happy there’s a place where I can fight for my life and the life of people around me because I don’t think I could do it by myself.

                                                                             Jessie Phillips