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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.12.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.12.20

 The discussions at our meetings are always a mixture of local as well as out of state developments, the trends we see and how we could connect with them. One might think that what happens in GA, like for example that investigation exposed history of misconduct by leading south Georgia homicide prosecutor in death penalty cases and the decision by prosecutors that no more death sentences will be sought in Atlanta do not affect us. And yet indirectly they do and they certainly encourage us to continue to look for angles. And on the Federal level, how about the recent developments in the case of the Boston bomber whose death sentence was overturned but who would remain in prison for the rest of his life? The statement that everyone deserves a fair trial, an unbiased jury, was certainly heartening. It also prompted us to discuss the cost of another possible trial. This is an issue which we have pursued for quite a while but which the state of Alabama, a state which apparently can’t afford to expand Medicaid, has refused to reveal. According to the DPIC, it can cost a state more than $30 million to carry out a single execution.

 As we have not been moved yet we continue our preparations for the move. One of these is the early start on our newsletter we mentioned last week and plans how to get our file cabinet moved to the new location. Perhaps most important of all is that we strive to maintain a positive attitude about things out of our control for our own sake and for those with who we are in contact. Our organization has a history of weathering all kinds of storms and we are confident that we will handle this one as well.

We were delighted by the following note and picture on Facebook by our Advisory Board Member Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy “Thank you, Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty in Alabama, for this breathtaking handmade mask.” You are more than welcome and we thank you for the exposure for our organization and our artist in residence! 

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


                                                                                                           Esther