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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.8.19

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.8.19
 
As mentioned last week, Michael Brandon Samra has an execution date for 5.16.19. and May 30th is the new execution date for Christopher Lee Price. We have posted the Execution Alerts and Talking Points on our website as well as on our Facebook page and it really only takes a couple of minutes to call Governor Kay Ivey to ask her to grant clemency and to halt all executions. 1-334-242-7100. Thank you for doing that!
 
The visit from Melissa Brown of the Montgomery Advertiser and photographer Josh was a delight. Our Chairman gave an excellent 45 minute phone overview of our organization and combined with what the executive director contributed plus copies of other information, we apparently did well. There will be continuing contact. As often, we presented a copy of Darrell Grayson’s poetry chapbook “Against Time” as a token of our appreciation.
 
Today is another important day for us. The Board has a scheduled call with Advisory Board Member Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy, Assistant English Professor at UNA. The call is part of a book project of our writings spanning the last 30 years of our existence which Dr, Katie Owens-Murphy hopes to publish. As mentioned previously Dr. Owens-Murphy also initiated a pen pal project as part of her curriculum. We cannot say enough how grateful we are for all she does to allow us to be heard, especially by those who are the future.
 
The Board continues to work very hard on various projects. These range on how to engage the press in filing a freedom of information request about the cost of the death penalty versus the cost of life without. We are one of the few states with the death penalty which refuses to release this information, even though we have the highest per capita death row in the country. The results of these studies invariably show that costs with a death penalty sentence, taking everything into account, are always much higher than a life without sentence. A cost study just released from LA which has only 66 inmates on death row cited 15.6 million per year as the cost of the death penalty. In Alabama there are 177 inmates on death row!
 
The Board is also exploring the feasibility of having Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty T shirts made. We will keep you updated.
We continue to thank anonymous donors who gave by going to our website and using the “donate” button and of course also those who gave directly. We would also like to welcome the new members who joined our email list last week. We are encouraged by the kind messages we receive and which are all forwarded to the Board.
 
Thank you to all who have already written or called the Governor asking her to stop all killing by the State. The time is NOW! : 1-334-242-7100.

 

                                                                 Esther