Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.12.21
One of our topics of discussion today was the importance of repetition of the various aspects of capital punishment. A poll which we conducted on death row some years ago among our members revealed how few had known anything about the death penalty or had even been interested in that topic before they were sentenced to die. And so repetition for emphasis is important and we cannot get tired of writing about the various aspects of capital punishment so that we might reach more and more people.
One of these aspects was featured in an Op-Ed in The Hill: “A man with intellectual disability is on death row — give him his day in court”. The man is Mark Jenkins at Holman whose obvious disability should never have allowed for him to be on death row. We hope the U.S. Supreme Court listens!
We are also looking ahead which means to the next legislative session. We are exploring how we can collaborate with other interest groups to possibly have an issue important to us included in a bill presented by them. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes which is too early to share, but we are hard at work!
We welcomed not only the news that Holman is now allowing in person legal visits but also that we will not be moving to the Seg Unit.
We received a wonderful phone call from a man who as a juvenile was part of the family when at Holman. He wanted us to know the great news that he is coming up for parole in 3 years’ time. To quote him, “I will never be able to thank the guys on death row who raised me from a child so that I could survive population.” We are so proud of him! He is in the honor dorm and has taken every course available. He was so full of gratitude and as he stated will always be part of phadp. Esther told him that he will thank us by getting out! We are delighted! It was a wonderful trip down memory lane as he knew one of our founder’s Jesse Morrison, a father figure, Brian Baldwin and so many still at Holman!
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!