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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.2.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.2.18

This month marks our 29th anniversary and so our Chairman thought it appropriate to remember how it all began.  We were founded on death row by men with a vision and so there is much we can learn by looking back and studying our roots. Our founders are no longer with us but their message remains. Being a death row organization means that at times our turnover is more rapid than is healthy for an organization, and so we are grateful to have the witness of former members in our newsletters to help us remember and seek continuity. 

We are delighted that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed an Alabama federal district court decision dismissing Jeffery Lee’s challenge to the state’s lethal-injection process and has ordered the district court to conduct an evidentiary hearing on Lee’s claim.

The case of Madison v. Alabama which will consider whether Alabama may execute an inmate who has dementia and cannot remember the crime that sent him to death row is on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court for this fall.

In a newly released report on death rows population the larger states like California, Texas and Florida have the largest death rows however when controlling for population, Nevada and Alabama, as they have for years, lead the nation in per capita death row size.

Our special thanks and appreciation to Advisory Board Member Judy Collins for her report from the EJI “Criminal Justice Reform in America” presentation. We could not have had better representation!

See you next week!