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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.22.18

 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.22.18

 

The Board has been busy working on the next edition of our newsletter Wings of Hope. Quite a few steps are necessary to produce the finished product. The first step is announcing the deadline for submission of articles, and all Board members are required to write. After that our dedicated typists get busy typing up the articles selected. And then finally comes the big process of layout, formatting and pasting which takes place during the Board meeting. Those of you who receive our newsletter or read it on line know what a great job the Board does and now you can imagine some of the work that has to happen before it arrives at our mailbox ready to be taken to the printer.

While we are talking business we would like to call your attention to those of you who shop at Amazon. If you do, you can choose to shop at Amazonsmile and choose Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty as your charity. It won’t cost you a dime  but will send a little something our way without cost to you. Not too many ways to donate without it costing one anything!

For a while now we have been keeping our eye on the issue of death sentences for offenders who were 21 years or younger at the time of the crime. We quote from a report that accompanied the successful American Bar Association House of Delegates’ resolution earlier this year:, "there is a growing medical consensus that key areas of the brain relevant to decision-making and judgment continue to develop into the early twenties." Our question is why do we continue to ignore the experts whether in the medical or psychiatric fields? Maybe our lawmakers need to return to college for refresher courses?

We heard from our dedicated Advisory Board member Ursula Malchau in Germany and can read her thoughts at http://www.phadp.org/?q=node/732.

This coming Saturday Esther will be attending the Alabama NAACP Quarterly Meeting in Montgomery. We value the support we receive from this organization and others in Alabama and are honored that Esther is the Chair of its Death Penalty Moratorium Committee.

 See you next week!

 

                                                                                    Esther