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Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty is an Alabama death row prisoner founded and run organization, established in 1989.

Our mission is to work together with friends and other supporters to educate the public and to bring about the abolition of the death penalty in Alabama.

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.25.17

Jan
25

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.25.17

Last week Anthony Tyson who had been the acting Chairman officially became the Chairman of our organization. Bart Johnson moved up to the position of Vice-Chair. Jeffery Lee is now our Secretary/Treasurer, Jessie Phillips is our Coordinator, Anthony Boyd because he is a master at keeping order remained in the important position of Sergeant at Arms and Randy Lewis carries on as our Information Director. These are all important positions with their specific duties.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.18.17

Jan
18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.18.17


Yesterday faith leaders and members of the anti-death penalty group Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC) convened at the U.S. Supreme Court to mark the 40th anniversary of the first modern death penalty execution. We thank them for their commitment and a special thanks to the “more than a dozen” who were arrested.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meetinng at Holman Prison 1.11.17

Jan
11

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.11.17


Applause for California where prosecutorial misconduct became a felony last year! It says a lot about our justice system when “justice for all” even for those in power seems like a novel idea!

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ON THE INSIDE 12.8.16

Jan
05

                                                                 ON THE INSIDE 12.8.16

 I saw the news report at 5:00 p.m. announcing that there had not been any news on Ron. The USSC had not made a decision on his appeal. A lot of speculation was going around about the strategic move that his lawyers had made, and we also had faith in the same system that a month ago had given a stay to Thomas Arthur on similar issues.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.4.17

Jan
04

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.4.17

Great news from Washington State where the Governor not only issued a reprieve for a man scheduled to be executed 1.19.17 but also called for abolition of the death penalty. Not quite in the same category of positive news is that Arizona will no longer use midazolam even though it is not prepared to give up the death penalty. However in VA an execution is scheduled for 1.18.17 using midazolam from a compounding pharmacy risking another botched execution. Will the U.S. Supreme Court care?

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.28.16

Dec
28

 

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.28.16

 

 

 

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.21.16

Dec
21

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.21.16

Earlier today we forwarded the year end report from DPIC (released at 12:01am today) and related articles. The death penalty is at historic lows by way of new sentences, executions, and public support but Alabama continues to have the largest per capita death row in the country and last year ranked number four behind such states as CA, OH and TX for number of death sentences and number one per capita. What does that say about Alabama?

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.14.16

Dec
14

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.14.16

We dedicated this meeting to Ron sharing memories and our feelings of grief and anger. Grief over the loss of our friend and anger at the barbarity of our State so in love with killing and quite honestly also at the U.S. Supreme Court that showed so little respect in how it handled last Thursday highlighted in the Adam Liptak article “The Lethal Gap How the Supreme Court Handles the Death Penalty.”

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Ronald B. Smith Jr.

Dec
09

Friends,
We are very sad to announce that the State of Alabama took the life of Ronald B. Smith, our Chairman tonight at Holman Prison. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family members, friends and his valiant attorneys.

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