New evidence makes clear: Rodney Reed must be freed!


Rodney's mom Sandra speaking at a rally February 2015
By: Lily Hughes

On February 23, just days before his scheduled execution date, Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). 

In the preceding months and years Rodney's many advocates -- his family, his legal team, and supporters from around the world -- have fought to stop the execution and to make  the courts to finally recognize the truth: Rodney is innocent of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas. 

BALL IN THE CCA'S COURT


Midazolam: A True Story


Former death row prisoner Ron Keine
By: Ron Keine

It's Friday April 17th 2015. As I lie on a gurney I am nervous about the upcoming procedure. Someone inserts an I V in the back of my right hand. Someone else sticks a hypodermic needle into a junction of the IV tube. I asked, “what is that?“ and I am told, “It's just a little something to relax you, a mild sedative." I asked, “So what is it called?“ Imagine my surprise: it was indeed Midazolam.


Killing Capital Punishment


By: Lily Hughes
Jacobin
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Officials in Oklahoma and other states are scrambling to figure out a way to kill people.

Concerned over a lack of access to lethal injection drugs, the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill in late April approving the use of the gas chamber for executions.


Critical Alert Mumia in Grave Condition


Prison Radio
Monday, April 27, 2015

Please read through this action alert and letter from supporters of Mumia Abu Jamal and consider sending the below letter as well making phone calls to advocate for medical attention for Mumia. He needs our support now!

Dear <<First Name>>,

Mumia Abu-Jamal was seen today by his wife and his condition has worsened. He, is gravely ill.  We are asking everyone to call the prison. Right now. It may be late, but call whenever you get this. 


http://socialistworker.org/2015/04/15/wheres-the-justice-for-glenn-ford


By: Lily Hughes
Socialist Worker
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THE LOUISIANA justice system isn't known for its humane treatment of prisoners--and with the recent denial of compensation to exonerated death row prisoner Glenn Ford, the state more than lives up to its reputation for harsh injustice.

Ford was convicted by an all-white jury for the 1983 robbery and murder of Shreveport watchmaker Isadore Duncan, and sent to death row in 1984. From the beginning, Ford stated that he was nowhere near the crime scene when the murder occurred. He was convicted based on shaky testimony from an eyewitness who later admitted that she lied about Ford's involvement in the crime.


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