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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.15.20

                 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.15.20


Work continues as we sort through our files at Holman as well as on the outside for material that deserves to be in the archives for our organization at UNA in Florence. As our organization has a 31 year history, it is not surprising that this process is turning out to be a learning experience for most on our current Board. For today we would like to lift up the work done by our former juveniles on death row who authored a booklet “Creepin’ Death Youth Outreach Program” which we shared with youth groups on the outside. Who better to talk to youth than youth? We remembered that one of the officers asked for a copy to share with the youth group of his parish. We are so glad that the work these young men did will not be forgotten.

And speaking of the archives we would like to welcome Ashley Massey, who is Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy’s graduate assistant this semester and who will be helping to assemble and develop the archive for PHADP. Welcome, Ashley!

We are glad that Bryan Stevenson’s movie “Just Mercy” is getting a lot of publicity and like the title of the USA TODAY review best: “Just Mercy” shows why death penalty, racial disparity in American justice should make you angry.” We hope that many go to see the movie, especially the ones who need to be enlightened, that they become very angry at what is called justice in this country and act!

Thank you Alabama Arise for the latest blog by Policy Analyst Dev Wakeley which highlights the“bias and inequality” which continues to persist in this state’s capital punishment system despite the in 2017 ban on jury override of life without parole recommendation. It was not retroactive. The Board has compiled the number of just how many were adversely affected at Holman and we have passed the information on to our friends at Alabama Arise. 

And in closing and as always, we continue to thank all our generous donors who either gave by going to our website and using the “donate” button or who gave directly. Our thanks to all who believe in what we do and stand with us. You make all the difference!