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Violation

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


This poem was inspired by actual events that occurred on 1/31/12 to Rodney.

Violation

Locked in a shower stall,
Strangers ransack your "home".

Your Bible,
Books,
Magazines,
All of your letters,
All of your legal documents,
The legal pads you write letters on,

Gone.

You don't know where your things are,
Or if you will ever get them back.
You can't call the police.


Innocence

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


Time unjustly imprisoned as of this writing: 5,410 days or 129,840 hours.

Innocence has many meanings; the innocence of the newborn baby, the innocence of children whose eyes and hearts are still open to wonder, the innocence of a person who is wrongfully accused of some wrongdoing, the innocence of a person wrongfully convicted of a crime. Innocence is something that is precious to many of us, something that hearkens back to the good in us and others. 


Around the World...

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


Do you remember all those basketball games one played in the back yard or at the park?  HORSE, was a favorite at my house growing up, 21, Around the World, 1 on 1, 2 on 2, etc. Hours and hours were spent having fun, skill building, establishing bragging rights in the family, the neighborhood.


(365x14+3)x24+(255x24)

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


Math equations are certainly not my strong suit, but I was able to calculate the total number of hours Rodney has been unjustly incarcerated. As of this writing, January 13, 2012, that is 5,398 days or 129,552 hours. Of those 129,552 hours, we can estimate (and this is the best case scenario) that 10,736 were outside of his 6x9 cell—in the visiting room, in the rec yard, or at the commissary.  118,816 hours were in isolation; the only company and distraction being a radio, letters, photos, magazines, books, or newspapers.  


How Many Blue Slips Does It Take To Get New Shoes?

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


The question posed in the title of this week's blog is very relevant on death row and the answer is disturbing—quite a few.  Rodney needs new shoes, which seems to have a simple solution, right? Let me attempt to describe the process involved and I'm willing to bet you won't ever see buying shoes in the same way again.

Rodney sends a blue slip to the Property Manager.  She responds with a white slip. Well, that's how it’s supposed to work.   Rodney has already sent three blue slips.  And no new shoes yet!  What's the hold up, you ask?


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