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Saferia Johnson requested compassionate release from a federal work camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The warden denied her request and she remained in the facility. Saferia died on Monday as a result of COVID-19 infection:
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Sister Helen Prejean
Richard Lapointe spent 26 years in prison after police tricked him into making a false confession. He was interrogated for over nine hours without a lawyer while officers lied about fake evidence. Richard died on Tuesday of COVID-19 complications.
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
The Washington Post untangles five of the biggest myths about felony disenfranchisement:
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Sister Helen Prejean
This article was published in Louisville, but it applies across the entire United States. People who have been released from jail or prison during the pandemic need our support:
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
The Boston Globe editorial: "End the federal death penalty now."
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
A new study confirms the racism inherent in our death penalty system. People convicted of killing white victims are executed at a rate 17 times greater than those convicted of killing Black victims.

In a recent court filing, @TheJusticeDept wrote that “the victims and victims’ family members” have a “powerful” interest in the speedy execution of Lezmond Mitchell. The DOJ failed to mention that the victims’ families in this case actually oppose the planned execution.

Saferia Johnson requested compassionate release from a federal work camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The warden denied her request and she remained in the facility. Saferia died on Monday as a result of COVID-19 infection: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article244718922.html

Richard Lapointe spent 26 years in prison after police tricked him into making a false confession. He was interrogated for over nine hours without a lawyer while officers lied about fake evidence. Richard died on Tuesday of COVID-19 complications. https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-richard-lapointe-dies-20200804-20200804-cqidn373c5hpdjfmcb3bcwc7pe-story.html

Nearly half of the people held at the Tucson Whetstone prison in Arizona has tested positive for COVID-19: https://www.newsweek.com/arizona-jail-inmates-covid-tuscon-1522885

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday restoring voting rights to tens of thousands of Iowans with past felony convictions: https://www.npr.org/2020/08/05/899284703/governor-acts-to-restore-voting-rights-to-iowans-with-past-felony-convictions

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last night that officials in Orange County, California, are not required to take additional steps to prevent COVID-19 infection among people held in jail. Justice Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ginsburg, published a dissent: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/us/coronavirus-supreme-court-california-jail.html

.@DeathPenaltyAct, @INAbolition, @spsmw, and other abolitionists have been leading the charge to visibly protest federal executions right outside the prison in Terre Haute. They’re suing to prevent police interference with their 1st Amendment rights: https://www.aclu-in.org/en/press-releases/aclu-lawsuit-filed-against-indiana-state-police-interfering-death-penalty-protests

ACLU Sues State Police For Interfering With #DeathPenalty Protests: https://www.wibc.com/news/local-indiana/aclu-sues-state-police-for-interfering-with-death-penalty-protests/ #StopExecutions #NoFederalExecutions #FirstAmendment @ACLUIndiana

BREAKING: Last month, @DeathPenaltyAct, @INAbolition, @spsmw protested and planned to hold vigils at the time of federal executions immediately outside the gates of Terre Haute Prison. Indiana State Police forced them two miles from the entrance of the prison.

We're suing.

This article was published in Louisville, but it applies across the entire United States. People who have been released from jail or prison during the pandemic need our support: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/2020/07/30/kentuckians-released-jail-prison-during-covid-19-need-support/5462929002/

The Washington Post untangles five of the biggest myths about felony disenfranchisement: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-felony-disenfranchisement/2020/07/31/ac446a2e-d1ef-11ea-8c55-61e7fa5e82ab_story.html

Technology gaps have created a caste system in virtual criminal courtrooms: https://theappeal.org/virtual-hearings-have-created-a-caste-system-in-americas-courts/

.@BostonGlobe editorial: "End the federal death penalty now." https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/31/opinion/end-federal-death-penalty-now/

A new study confirms the racism inherent in our death penalty system. People convicted of killing white victims are executed at a rate 17 times greater than those convicted of killing Black victims. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/us/racial-gap-death-penalty.html

Read @LilianaSegura's reporting on the federal government's reckless killing spree in Terre Haute: https://theintercept.com/2020/08/02/federal-executions-indiana-trump-coronavirus/

A man tested positive for COVID-19. He says that prison staff placed him in a pod with uninfected people. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-30/an-inmate-tested-positive-for-covid-19-prison-staff-housed-him-with-uninfected-inmates-he-say

"Not to advance justice..." U.S. Sets September Execution Dates for Two Federal Inmates https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/07/31/us/31reuters-usa-executions.html?smid=tw-share #NoFederalExecutions #StopExecutions #DeathPenalty #EndTheDeathPenalty

TWO NEW FEDERAL EXECUTION DATES SET FOR SEPTEMBER https://link.medium.com/sn65SnBZz8 #StopExecutions #NoFederalExecutions #DefundTheDeathPenalty #DeathPenalty

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I have 10 hardcover copies of Kendi’s deeply rewarding “How to be an Antiracist”. If you would like a copy, donate at least $50 to a bail fund of your choice and send your receipt plus mailing address to rachael@sisterhelen.org. We’ll send a copy to the first 10 people to do. ...

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This Thursday, I'll be in conversation with Tessie Castillo and Lyle May on Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row. The topic is "Why is it so hard to hold criminal justice actors - law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges - accountable?" There are three following events. Please join us! Link is in my bio. ...

A Message from Sister Helen’s Staff:
Today is Sr. Helen’s birthday! This past year has been full of surprises and moments of grace. It’s good people like you who share Sr. Helen’s hope to see a world without executions that keep her going. Please share any birthday wishes in the comments and we’ll make sure they get to her.
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Here’s some Zoom humor for your enjoyment! ...

Here I am – live from my apartment in New Orleans! My team's got me all set up with Zoom. ...

I'm sequestered here in my house in New Orleans, so I thought I'd show you a bit of what's going on here.
This is my writing desk. My Daddy sits with me when I write. The desk was his in his law office.
The statue is St. Joseph – patron of my community, the Sisters of St. Joseph. That cross is made of wood from an oak tree I played under as a child.
You can see St. Luke, writer of one of the Gospels, in the icon as well as a picture of Mary Magdalene's big surprise at the tomb on Easter morning.
The braid of grass across my desk is "sweet grass" from a Northern Cheyenne friend.
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A postcard from me to you! To cook Cajun, you always start with a roux like you see here in my skillet. Heat three big tablespoons of oil until very hot, then slowly add flour and stir, stir, stir until the mixture browns. A roux is different from Yankee gravy. Then add seasonings: yellow onions, scallions, garlic, bell pepper, parsley - and cook, adding water as needed.
I made me some good chicken stew in this roux. First, I baked the chicken in the oven to give it a head start.
Cajun cooking doesn't mean pepper hot. The secret is tasty seasoning and slow cooking. Add Tony Chachere's seasoning to taste. Yum. I first learned to cook when I was writing Dead Man Walking. Been devouring my good stew with rice for the last three days.
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My ticket to the Academy Awards from 24 years ago today – March 25, 1996. Dead Man Walking was well-represented. @susansarandon won Best Actress for playing a nun who was in over her head. @timrobbinshere was nominated for Best Director, Sean Penn for Best Actor, and Bruce @springsteen for Best Original Song. That night helped till the soil for a national conversation about the death penalty. ...