Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.22.17
Alabama lawmakers will vote next month on whether to prohibit a judge from imposing a death sentence when a jury has recommended life imprisonment.
The Alabama House of Representatives is scheduled to debate the bill on April 4 when lawmakers return from a two-week spring break. The Senate has already approved the measure. The bill is third on the proposed debate agenda for the day.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Alabama Death Row inmate Vernon Madison can't be executed.
Congratulations Florida! Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced that she will not be seeking the death penalty in any cases while she remains in office. Ayala's office covers Orange County, which has historically been an outlier in Florida and in the country with regards to its death penalty usage. It is among just four of Florida’s 67 counties that have produced more than five executions since 1976.
The law classes continue to be in full swing under the direction of our Chairman. The goal is to focus on the individual cases of the participants while learning from each other about the strongest issues and how to present them. An open mind is encouraged, also a mind that thinks creatively and one that is able to anticipate the response of the State. We very much believe that your attorney is as good as you make her/him which also means that the individual knows enough to ask intelligent questions. And yes, like with any class there are tests to help the individual gauge his progress as well as where extra work is needed. The Executive Director believes this is one of the most valuable aspects of our organization.
We have a very creative Board and this means that it we are also working on another initiative which we look forward to sharing with you in the very near future.
Congratulations to our friends at Equal Justice USA for the article in Harper’s “Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty” which featured their bridge building work. To quote: the story gives hope that we can make progress when we build relationships and work together on the issues we care about.” Yes!
And finally our first letter from a student at North Alabama University has arrived. We heard from Dr. Katie Owens Murphy that she shared our introductory letter with her students. Thank you!
See you next week!