SB426 passed both chambers nearly unanimously. It is a great victory for the cause of abolition, because it shows that the politicians no longer need to be fearful of legislation narrowing the potential targets of capital punishment. It has already had the effect of saving a life in Georgia: the clememcy board there commuted the death sentence of Alex Williams to life, in large measure because the filings by his lawyer included material about the process in Indiana to stop killing children. Senator Bowser (email@example.com) has thanked you several times for your work. She has said that your support was a real, positive factor in this success. Interestingly, Kelsey Kaufman quoted Rep Vernon Smith as saying that he and others experienced more support on the DOC ombudsman bill than any other in their experience. It means that the legislators are listening, and are listening to human rights issues. We are winning. Or, rather, justice is winning.
We've only just begun...
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Charles Kafoure, President
Indiana Citizens to Abolish Capital Punishment
PO Box 55033
Indianapolis, IN 46205
http://icacp.org firstname.lastname@example.org 317-466-7128
(Charlie personal contact: email@example.com, mobile 317-514-3584, home 317-253-1831)