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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.6.18

 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.6.18

We have sad news to report. Jeffery Borden apparently took his own life early Sunday morning at Holman. May he rest in peace! 

“John Palombi, a federal defender who'd represented Borden, issued the following statement: "We are saddened to hear of Mr. Borden's apparent suicide. Mr. Borden suffered from severe mental illness and chronic physical pain, both of which were undertreated by the Department of Corrections despite their knowledge of these issues. We hope that the conditions that led to underfunding and understaffing of the Department, and thus contributed to Mr. Borden's death, will be remedied."

U.S. Judge Karon O. Bowdre ruled last Wednesday that the public has a "common law right of access to the sealed records relating to Alabama's lethal injection protocol." However, Bowdre said the state can keep some information secret in the interest of security, such as the names of low-level prison employees involved in executions.

The judge ordered the state to tell her by June 7 if there is identifying information in any of the records that the court plans to make public. Experts in the field were quoted as this being a step in the right direction but believe it is unlikely that the disclosure will reveal the name of the drug manufacturers nor how the state is obtaining the drugs.

The Board once more did a great job with our latest edition of Wings of Hope. It is at the printer and should be in the mail and up on our website and Facebook page shortly.

And finally congratulations to Anthony Ray Hinton for having his book “And the Sun Does Shine How I found Life and Freedom on Death Row” endorsed by Oprah for her Book Club.

See you next week!