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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.6.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.6.20

As always we discussed the legal developments which we had been able to collect from various inside and outside sources during the week making sure that these were passed on to those not present and in particular to those who had had recent rulings and to who those rulings could apply. Of course as we don’t pretend to be up on everyone’s issues it feels especially good when we get to hear that the piece of information passed on “should be helpful.”

We also discussed the importance of structure in one’s life, now more than ever. We hear about its importance for those on the outside who are experiencing a form of lockdown, something that is our daily bread. The temptation is great to let things slide with results which are not great. No, structure is important for survival and not having to invent the wheel every day makes life easier to manage wherever you find yourself.

We were pleased to sign on to a letter sent by The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Human Right for Kids, and R Street to State parole boards asking them to prioritize the review of individuals serving lengthy sentences for crimes they committed while they were still children, especially those who are particularly vulnerable to developing serious complications due to COVID-19.  The letter also asked parole boards to suspend supervision fees during this time of economic crisis, to not condition release on completing programming that may be currently unavailable, to utilize video hearings, etc. In signing on we remembered in particular our former members who had been juveniles at the time of the crime and who had been resentenced.

Congratulations to Ashley Massey, Graduate Assistant, Prison Studies at UNA who received the Academic Affairs Graduate Student Award-Service. We continue to work on the Archives thanks to Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy and really appreciate that.

Thank you to all who took the time to read our notes, commented, liked and shared them on Facebook. You encourage us!

And so as we continue to do our best to keep things positive in here we encourage you to do the same out there, to take good care of yourselves and to stay safe!

                                                                                                                                 Esther