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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.17.21

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.17.21 

As some of you will know the phone was down at Holman for 10 days. For more than 20 years we have been speaking regularly at noon on weekdays bringing each other up to date on inside and outside events. Sure at times there might be slight delays due to circumstances out of the Chairman’s or Board’s control but that the call would come was never in doubt. Our routine means not only that we know each other well, how we think on certain topics but perhaps most importantly that we trust each other’s judgment. So perhaps that was the upside of this phoneless time that we knew without a doubt that the work continued on the inside but also on the outside. Structure matters!

“ An Alabama judge accused of violating judicial rules with her comments and actions in death penalty cases — including a 2016 scathing order that listed concerns with how capital punishment is decided— went before a disciplinary court Monday on ethics charges.” We note that she is African American and were very pleased to see that this news made national headlines. We rest our case!

In what would appear as an unusual move Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office is asking a Houston County judge to change Heath McCray’s sentence from death to life in prison without parole after he challenged his sentence by arguing that he is intellectually disabled.

Work has been continuing on the Christmas edition of Wings of Hope and we have also brought the Christmas card list up to date reflecting the new cell numbers. Here is the link to the list http://www.phadp.org/?q=node/915 . The names are in no particular order and please know that every card you write will definitely bring holiday cheer to the recipient. 

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. Stay safe and wear a mask!        

                                                                                                           Esther