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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.17.18

 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.17.18
 
Congratulations to the state of Washington which became the 20th state to outlaw the death penalty last Thursday! We quote from an announcement by the ACLU: “The Washington Supreme Court handed down a decision that outlaws the death penalty, making it the 20th state in the country to reject capital punishment. In State v. Gregory, the court found that the death penalty violates the constitution because it is arbitrary and discriminatory, especially with regards to race. Black defendants in Washington are more than four times as likely to be sentenced to death as white defendants.”
 
We continue with the quote because we believe it is important “Of the 30 states that retain the death penalty, three have official governor moratoriums and several more have de facto moratoriums; 10 states that authorize the death penalty have not had an execution in the last decade.” How ironic that the states with the record of the worst racist discrimination, Alabama for one, are determined to remain in the dark ages! Alabamians your vote matters on this issue too!
 
And the Board did come up with the total of judicial overrides currently on our death row. It is 35 and to quote the new Executive Director of Alabama Arise Robyn Hyden at whose request we had compiled the number: “that’s so shocking.” It is, especially as five requests to overturn those sentences were denied last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Lam Luong who was given the death penalty after throwing his four children off a bridge in 2008 had his sentenced reduced Monday to life without a parole after two independent psychologists said that his IQ did not meet the state minimum for the death penalty. Actually they didn’t even come close.
 
The Board voted to make a donation to help the victims of the hurricane and we have done so.
 
 See you next week!
 
                                                                                    Esther