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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.13.18

 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.13.18


As expected the State appealed  U.S. Judge Karon O. Bowdre’s ruling that the public has a common law right of access to the sealed records relating to Alabama's lethal injection protocol to a higher court.

We are outraged at the news that Jerry Jerome Smith was sentenced to death for the fifth time in Dothan. Yes, we know that Alabama knows no shame but if one only knows a little about Jerry’s history, growing up in a drug house, and his borderline intellectual disability one has to be outraged. We are!

We received and introductory email from Andrew Purcell, Media Officer at Reprieve, one of two in the press dept seeking advice on press contacts interested in the lethal injection issue in Alabama. We were able to refer him to our website where there are lengthy articles by the Anniston Star on this topic, including our input and that of our allies in Europe, as well as of Reprieve. We also pointed him to a reporter at alcom who we believe would be interested in working with Reprieve. An uplifting exchange!

We received encouraging news from Dr. Katie Owens regarding a possible book featuring our writings over the last 29 years and provided her with an updated history of our organization.

Esther attended and tabled at the Juneteenth celebration in Lanett and made some new friends.


See you next week!

                                            Esther