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Sister Helen Prejean
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Manuel Ortiz has been on death row at Angola for almost 30 years for a crime he did not commit. On October 13, Manuel will turn 65. It would bring a little brightness into his world to receive birthday greetings from outside. Angola does not let you send cards or postcards, but a letter on plain paper is fine.

If you'd like to wish Manuel a happy birthday, send your letter to:
Manuel Ortiz
Death Row, #349580
Louisiana State Penitentiary
ANGOLA, LA 70712
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
Join us tomorrow at DePaul in-person or virtually!
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
Please sign this petition to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, who is planning to send "problematic youth" to Angola, to be housed on the old death row.

Instead of working to fix the state's woeful juvenile "justice" system, they intend to shunt young people into a completely inappropriate environment.

If you live in Louisiana, you'll find text you can use to send an email to the governor at the No Kids In Angola website (https://nokidsinangola.com/).
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
Congratulations to the people of Equatorial Guinea on abolition of the death penalty!
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
Washington Post editorial board: “Oklahoma’s enthusiasm for capital punishment has been a cruel trauma not only for some inmates it has put to death in recent years but also for the state itself.”
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
Please join Pope Francis's call to pray for the abolition of the death penalty - an "inadmissible penalty" - in all countries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpv3zCBJzSc

#ThePopeVideo #prayer #PopeFrancis
Sister Helen Prejean
There are many reasons to say “NO” to the death penalty. It is not a just punishment, since it “offers no justice to victims, but rather foments revenge… And...

A southeast Oklahoma trial court judge ruled yesterday that Benjamin Cole is mentally competent for execution. The decision will be appealed. Benjamin has significant brain damage and is diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. He uses a wheelchair and is largely catatonic.

John Ramirez is scheduled for execution in Texas on 10/5. He has faced three prior execution dates. This time, an assistant prosecutor requested a death warrant without the consent of the elected DA, Mark Gonzalez. Courts will not allow DA Gonzalez to withdraw the death warrant.

The 9th Circuit issued an opinion yesterday striking down a local ordinance that prohibited unhoused people from sleeping in public parks. The court ruled that it is unconstitutional to fine unhoused people for sleeping outside or in their cars when there is nowhere else to go.

Benjamin Cole is the next person scheduled for execution in Oklahoma. He is a frail, 57-year-old man with a damaged brain. Cole suffers with progressive and severe mental illness. He is wheelchair bound and much of the time catatonic. @GovStitt should stop this execution.

A report released today by @exonerationlist found that Black people are 7 times more likely than white people to be falsely convicted of serious crimes, more likely to be the targets of police misconduct, and spend longer in prison before being exonerated. https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/Race%20Report%20Preview.pdf

According to a newly released bipartisan report, the Justice Department is failing to adequately and efficiently collect data about deaths in state prisons and local jails, with at least 990 incidents going uncounted last year alone: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/hundreds-prison-jail-deaths-go-uncounted-federal-government-report-fin-rcna47954

A federal judge entered an order this morning permitting Alan Miller’s attorneys to document his injuries that resulted from Alabama’s attempted execution last night. The judge also ordered the Alabama DOC to preserve evidence related to the failed execution.

After Alabama’s efforts to override multiple federal courts succeeded yesterday, the execution of Alan Miller was ultimately called off because the DOC was unable to establish an IV line for lethal injection. Miller’s attorneys are documenting his injuries today at the prison.

Tonight, the SCOTUS overrode two lower federal courts and will allow Alabama to execute Alan Miller. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, Barrett, and Jackson would have blocked the execution and left the lower court orders in place. No explanation was provided for the majority's ruling.

Earnest Jackson was wrongly convicted as an accomplice to a killing even though he had an alibi and wasn’t present at the crime scene. That killing was later deemed justified self-defense when co-defendants were tried. Earnest is still in prison 20+ years later. @SendEarnestHome

I met RBG three times. In 1993, when Dead Man Walking was first published, she invited me to her chambers to meet her young clerks, I think, to share my passion to end the death penalty.

Earnest Jackson was 17 years old when he was wrongly convicted of murder in Omaha. He has been in prison for over 20 years now. Earnest will have a commutation hearing on Sept. 19th and needs our support. Learn more and write a letter of support at http://sendearnesthome.com.

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Manuel Ortiz has been on death row at Angola for almost 30 years for a crime he did not commit. On October 13, Manuel will turn 65. It would bring a little brightness into his world to receive birthday greetings from outside. Angola does not let you send cards or postcards, but a letter on plain paper is fine.

If you'd like to wish Manuel a happy birthday, send your letter to:
Manuel Ortiz
Death Row, #349580
Louisiana State Penitentiary
ANGOLA, LA 70712
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#GiveNOLADay is coming up — I only ask for donations to our ministry two times per year and this is one of them. You can make a contribution between now and May 3rd at the link in my bio. Thank you for your generous support! ...

Last Tuesday, April 5th, we launched the Louisiana Repeal campaign to end the death penalty at the Capitol in Baton Rouge. I was thinking about Pat Sonnier all day. He was executed in Louisiana's electric chair on April 5, 1984. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. And what I saw set my soul on fire. ...

Ray Finch spent 43 years on death row in N. Carolina, all for a crime he did not commit. He received a full innocence pardon last year. Ray died on Monday after less than three years of freedom. This tragedy was a result of prosecutorial misconduct and long-term judicial indifference. ...

“Although I have suffered the loss of two family members by assassination, I remain firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty … Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by legalized murder.” —Coretta Scott King #MLKDay ...

“I do not think that God approves the death penalty for any crime, rape and murder included. Capital punishment is against the better judgment of modern criminology, and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.” #mlkday ...

I'm being auctioned off alongside some notables! Well, not quite, but you could score a double whammy: win a private Zoom with me *and* support the dedicated work of @aclu_socal defending and preserving civil rights and liberties. It's the ACLU of Southern California's annual charity auction. Bid now on me - I'm lot 2277442. 🙂 @charitybuzz ...

On a day of sorrow as Mississippi recommenced executions after a long hiatus; on a day of mingled hope and apprehension as we wait - still wait - for Gov. Stitt to decide whether he'll abide by his pardon board's recommendation and commute Julius Jones' death sentence; on this hard day, there is cause for celebration as Henry Montgomery walks free from Angola Prison after 57 years, 9 months, 2 weeks and 2 days of incarceration.

Henry was imprisoned as a juvenile, just 17 years old, and now, thanks to committed work by the Louisiana Parole Project and others, Henry is free once more.
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Oklahomans:
If you can make it, please attend the ALL HANDS ON DECK rally for Julius Jones tomorrow, 4 pm at the Oklahoma History Center in OKC. @govkevinstitt needs to see that there is a critical mass demanding clemency and justice.
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On this #WorldDayAgainstTheDeathPenalty, we are focused on the invisible reality of women sentenced to death. I’m thinking about Lisa Montgomery. Lisa’s entire life was a tragedy from before she left her mother’s womb until the federal government killed her this past January. ...

Ernest Johnson should not have been executed tonight. He was intellectually disabled and categorically ineligible for the death penalty. Ernest was a human being. He committed a terrible crime and was deeply remorseful. This was not justice. ...

This is a scan of Ernest Johnson’s brain. There is a hole in his skull and more than 20% of his brain tissue has been removed. The Missouri Supreme Court thinks it is acceptable to execute this man. I don’t. ...