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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.24.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.24.18

After studying what prompted Washington State to abolish the Death Penalty the Board decided to take a closer look at how racism affects capital punishment. Of course it is self evident that it does and always has, but the plan is to get some facts and figures together to produce a researched study which includes all the variables. We will keep you updated on this project.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tracie Todd is being investigated by the Judicial Inquiry Commission over ethics complaints due to her applying the banning of judicial override of the death penalty retroactively contrary to an order from the Alabama Supreme Court.

Due to the recent appointment of judges to the U.S. District Court’s Middle District of Alabama the death row appeals are being granted expedited reviews and could take on a quicker pace. For most on death row this is not necessarily a good development.

We were touched and delighted once more to hear from Advisory Board Member, former Board Member while at Holman, Witness to Innocence member our own Gary Drinkard. While in Paris at a conference Gary had once more lifted us up and a representative from a Dutch penpal organization asked that we get in touch. Gary’s response to our thanks was that this was only natural as we are family. Yes, indeed Gary that is indeed what we all are and we appreciate it very much!

A big thank you to the kind supporter who used his birthday to request donations for our organization on Facebook! As we don’t do much in the way of fund raising the arrival of the check from Network For Good was especially appreciated. Thank you!

And finally a Gallup poll conducted this month revealed that the fraction of Americans who believe the death penalty is applied fairly reached a record low of 49 percent this year, falling below the 50 percent mark for the first time. The cases of Vernon Madison and Anthony Ray Hinton appear to be contributing factors.

 See you next week!


                                                                                    Esther