Monday, April 30, 2007
"This never gets old," said Professor Justin Brooks as he watched Atkins hug his mother for the first time in 23 years. Atkins' conviction was overturned by Los Angeles Judge Michael Tynan after the project attorneys presented new evidence, including a witness who recanted her trial testimony, proving Atkins' innocence.
"This is the pinnacle of our existence," said Brooks, who founded the California Innocence Project at California Western in 2000. "This is the whole goal: freeing the innocent." Read On...
Sunday, April 29, 2007
For offenders whose crimes are usually relatively minor (carjackers should not bother) and whose bank accounts remain lofty, a dozen or so city jails across the state offer pay-to-stay upgrades. Theirs are a clean, quiet, if not exactly recherché alternative to the standard county jails, where the walls are bars, the fellow inmates are hardened and privileges are few. Read on..
NEW CASTLE, Ind. - Prison officials have transferred a total of about 220 inmates from the New Castle Correctional Facility in the wake of Tuesday's riot.
The decision was made in part to free up room in segregation units for inmates who took part in the disturbance.
Officials say eighteen inmates who had been in segregation cells at the New Castle prison were transferred to the Miami Correctional Facility near Kokomo.
Officials had earlier moved about 200 inmates to other prisons after watching videotapes of Tuesday's disturbance. About 500 inmates from Arizona and Indiana took part in the riot, damaging housing units, burning mattresses in a courtyard, breaking windows and damaging sinks and toilets.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
3 AL, Aaron Lee Jones
4 IN ,David Leon Woods
8 NE ,Carey Dean Moore - Volunteer
9 TN, Philip Workman
9 TN, Steven James Rollins - Stay Likely
10 TX, Jose Moreno
16 TN, David Ivy - Stay Likely
16 TX, Charles Smith
22 AZ, Robert Charles Comer
23 TN, William Glenn Rogers - Stay Likely
24 OH, Christopher Newton - Volunteer
Friday, April 27, 2007
Capital-"X" is a hip Hop artist that advocates for death row inmates and prison reform through his music
Raised in the streets and in prison, Capital-"X" turned his life around through his music he calls Reality Hip Hop, or Raptivism. A strong supporter for death row inmates, and activist for prison rights, Capital-"X" brings awareness to people through his music, and lyrics. Like he has stated, "My music speaks for itself", this powerful interview with Capital-"X" does also.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Texas has executed twelve defendents already this year. How many of those executed were denied a fair sentencing? How many of those had "migrating" factors, that could have resulted in life sentencing rather than death?
I know of one already, that of Roy Pippen, whose lawyer claimed his migrating evidence was "kill or be killed". But that was overlooked and Roy was executed on March 29, 2007.
I suppose if every case was looked over thourougly, they will find many lives that could have been spared.
Heres the story:
Ryan was 18 at the time of his crime, and fell short just 13 days of being a juvinile. Texas does not executed juveniles, and Dickson would have served life in prison. A troubled youth, Dickson was in trouble with the law at an early age for assaults and burglery, and at the age of nine was on probation for stealing bikes. Ryan served time in the Texas Youth Center.
Ryan was convicted for the shotgun murders of Carmelo Surace, 61, and his wife, Marie, 60. Dickson claimed it was a robbery gone bad when he wrestled with Mr. Surace for the gun, and the gun went off killing Surace. He also claims shooting Mrs. Surace was an accident. Former Potter County District Attorney Rebecca King, who prosecuted the two capital murder cases against Dickson, disputed his story of the shootings, especially Marie Surace's death. The woman was trying to make a phone call, she said, according to MICHAEL GRACZYK reporter, and posted from The Star Telegram. Dickson's brother and two other companions stood outside the store as "look outs" when the robbery of $20.00 of beer took place.
When asked if he had any last words, Dickson was reported to have said "I am sorry for what I did, and I take responsibility for what I did," "I do apologize to the Surace family," Dickson said in the seconds before he died. "I am responsible for them losing their mother, their father, their grandfather and their grandmother. I never meant for them to be taken." There no witnesses on either side, Dickson's family or the victims family.
Just days ago, three Texas inmate's death row cases were rejected from the court because of court negligence in guiding the jurors, concerning migrating factors. It is disputable wether or not there were any migrating factors in Dickson's case. An estimate 50 more Texas cases stemming from 1991 are expected to be reviewed and possibly resentenced.
Sources:Michael, staff reporter
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Lethal Injection, the method most states use for executions has been under a lot of controversy lately. Eleven states have halted lethal injections claiming it is indeed cruel and unusual. Now, if eleven states feel it is cruel and unusual, then why isn't it cruel and unusual for the remaining states? In Texas, lethal injection on animals is not allowed unless the technician is fully trained and licensed, but yet the execution team in Texas are not licensed, or medically trained.
Medical doctors and nurses are not allowed to perform executions because of the oath they have taken to preserve life, so therefor untrained prison staff do the dirty work. The following is an article that will keep your eyes wide open. Please take the time to read this, and share it with your friends.
You see, the inmate does not "just go to sleep" as they want the public to believe.
No, this isn't the makings of a Hollywood movie, this is a Texas courtroom in 1995, with defendant Scott Panetti on trial for the shot gun murders of his parents-inlaws, attempting to play the role of attorney, in his own Capital murder trial. The trial resulted in a death sentence.
Vikki Panetti is "Shemonster". Vikki's brother Scott Panetti is on Texas death row. Vikki is a prison rights activist, among many other things. Read Vikki's interview here:
Jav'lin is a Hip Hop Artist, married to a death row inmate, Kenneth Foster Jr.
Read all about her interview here:
Thanks for reading, more about Kenneth Foster Jr. On this page.
A South Dakota man Elijah Page was scheduled to be executed by the state of South Dakota in August of 2006. Page was a convicted killer, who tortured his victim Chester Allen Poage before brutally beating him to death. There were two other codefendants in the case, Briley Piper, who is also on death row, and Darryl Hoadley who was sentenced to life.
According to Associated Press and court testimony, "Hoadley said Page and Piper planned to steal a stereo, a television and other property from Poage's mother's house in Spearfish. A prosecutor said Poage was killed so there would be no witness.
Hoadley said Piper stabbed Poage three times in the head and neck, and Page kicked Poage 30 to 40 times in the head, tearing his ears off, then hit him on the head with large rocks.
Hoadley said he hit Poage with two large rocks near the end of the attack, which lasted at least two hours. He said he was afraid Piper and Page would kill him if he interfered or tried to leave."
Elijah Page had a long history of abuse as a child, and was often molested as a child for drug money. Neighbors of the family testified in court on his behalf, and at one point were gathering together to get the Page children removed from the house.Warren Johnson, the judge who presided over Page's punishment trial, stated, "Most parents treated their pets better than your parents treated you." The millions of dollars spent on the death penalty system could be much better spent on treating and preventing drug use, which may have spared Page a twisted childhood and saved the life of Allan Poage. continued at:
I am a prison rights activist/advocate concerned about the case of Gregory Wright, who is claiming his innocence on Texas Death Row, and who has information and evidence that proves his innocence. Yet he awaits execution by lethal injection. How does this happen in a Capital Murder case?
Read more about it here:
I met Sandie on Myspace. We clicked on each others page to become friends. We had one thing in common right from the start. We were both prison reformists. Sandie had one of the most effective activist pages I had seen, and it was loaded with Capital offense information. Sandie is also an advocate for death row inmates, and began doing pages for them also, to make their cases known.
Sandie is a 44 year old beautiful women who lives in the UK. A mother of two children, a daughter and a son. She is interested in UK criminal and employment law, and also interested in the prison system.
Sandie has taken some time off from work and is planning a return visit to the USA to marry the death row man she has fallen in love with, Chucky Mamou .
Here is my email interview with Sandie:
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Q. Kenneth, what was your life like before your arrest and conviction?
A. Life before this conviction was intricate. I had parents that ran the streets, but found refuge with grandparents who were righteous people, so I found myself entertaining a bit of both lifestyles. As a conscious and mature man I can look back and see my delinquency, nevertheless we all have stages to grow out of and I was trying.
I had a family, girlfriend and daughter. I was involved in the music industry and at the time of this case was a college student. It was all about finding oneself, but I unfortunately got tangled up in the wrong crowd before I could get before I needed to be meaning (maturity and responsibility wise).
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Hold on tight; you have just been railroaded onto Texas Death Row.
I have never been witness to an execution, and quite frankly I never want to be. If I had it my way the death penalty would be abolished. But I noticed that the following day after an execution, it's in all the media.
All the little details about who attended, what the condemned said as his "final last words," what he ate as his "last meal." How the witnesses were pressed against the glass as the condemned took his last breath. There are certain rituals that occur with an execution. These rituals have to be broken before we can ever hope to abolish the death penalty. By allowing these rituals to take place, we are allowing the death sentence to take place. It breeds acceptance.
If these rituals were suddenly viewed as taboo, maybe then will the people of America see that the death penalty is also taboo.Let's begin with the last meal. Why would they offer a last meal to a man who is about to be executed? To give him a last meal of his choice, nurturing food, to only take his life away doesn't make any sense at all. "How polite they were to offer him a meal of his choice." Is this what they expect the public to say? And where did this ritual originate? With the Last Meal of Christ before his crucifixion? Next are the final last words. The condemned has been sitting in a living hell for many years already, thinking about what he has done, or that he never committed the crime. Why does anyone want to hear what he has to say now? By now it's all been said. It's just another ritual. He is expected to say something. An apology, a final good-bye to his family and friends, or maybe a thank you to the correctional officers for his upkeep.
The media is hoping for something out of the ordinary. It sells papers, it sells viewers. I suppose they got their fill when condemned serial killer Danny Rolling, executed by lethal injection on October 25, 2006, by the state of Florida, when asked if he had anything to say, began singing a song, that he most likely wrote himself out loud to the witnesses. Now, this is the first time I have heard of this. He surely gave them something to talk about. This time it was the inmate who participated in this execution ritual. When convicted killer Gregory Lynn Summers, executed by the state of Texas also on October 25, 2006, was asked if he had any final words, he declined. However three of his friends each dressed with a pink shirt and black pants attended the execution. The attire of the three was something to talk about. They too, participated in the execution ritual.
Another execution ritual, is walking to one's execution. Why would anyone want to willingly walk to their own death fate? It's making a statement that they are participating, accepting their own execution. If the inmates are accepting their own executions, it makes it hard for the public not to.
I hope that this is not the newest trend in execution rituals, making the execution stand out amongst the rest. Maybe they see it as a protest? That the execution will get publicity? The execution is already going to get publicity; we don't need for people to sensationalize it. We need for people to stop participating in these execution rituals. We need to change the way people view executions. We need for executions to be seen as taboo.
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Hunger Strike On Texas Death Row
"I have at this time committed myself to a lone hunger strike as a means to shed light on the dark deeds being implemented daily by the TDCJ administration and supporting staff.
Reggie Blanton Flyer
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Save Jeff Wood
Date: Aug 21, 2008 6:12 AM
World wide! PLEASE Pick up your phones and call Texas Governor Rick Perry and demand a stay of execution for Jeff Wood! Call and keep calling.
30 seconds is all it takes to help save this innocent man from falling victim to the Texas killing machine!!!
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