Death Row inmate is prevented from aiding another Row inmate


------ Original Message ----- 
From: Sherry Swiney 
To: PATRICK Crusade 
Cc: ~~Carla Crowder - Reporter 
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 8:35 PM
Subject: [patrickcrusade] Fw: Article from Alabama's DOC

Carla Crowder write another great article!
 
James Barney Hubbard
AIS # 00Z361
Holman 3700 Death Row
Atmore, AL 36503-3700
 
The above is Mr. Hubbard's mailing address.  Hubbard is the person mentioned in Carla's article below.
 
I think it would be a good idea for each of us to send a letter or card to Mr. Hubbard.  I also think it would be a good idea for each of us to capture the words in the petition cited in the article that the other inmates tried to put forth, and send one copy to each of our prisoner contacts in all the other facilities (even in other states), asking them to sign and mail it to the governor on Mr. Hubbard's behalf.  See the governor's contact info at http://www.governor.state.al.us/contact.htm
 
The actions of the prison system in our country work toward preventing anything "good" or "helpful" to its prisoners and their families. 
Sometimes the men in prison befriend someone after many long years of experiencing similar conditions....the severe heat in Alabama
summers and brutal cold in Alabama winters are one thing all the prisoners here experience together.  Harsh treatment is another.  Being pinned up in a death row cell for years on end is another.  I think it is admirable for the men on death row to show compassion toward another human being who is about to be executed.  One thing that EVERYONE must remember is that "We are not the worst moments of our lives. Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking." 
 
Brian Corbett citing "security risk" on this instance, is a farce.  It is a PLOY to prevent the men from reaching out to improve a situation.  No one is "breaking out of prison". No one is "subverting the law".  No one is "breaking any rules".  All they are doing is writing to the governor asking him to lend a hand to a fellow human being.  To keep this man alive.  The uncaring members of the Alabama DOC beat all there is.  I shutter to think about how miserable their private home lives with their families must be when they carry hatred and discontent in their hearts all day long at work.  These guards have a job to do; that job does not include promoting malcontent, frustration, and other types of emotional abuses to the people in their care.  Do their family members KNOW that their kin are abusing people at their job?  Probably not or they would be ashamed of them - that is, unless they condoned this too.
 
Sorry for rambling....this just makes my blood boil.  Read on...
 
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Sherry Swiney
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than to curse the darkness."
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: KayLee 
To: Sherry Swiney, Patrick Crusade 
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 10:46 PM
Subject: Article from Alabama's DOC

Article from Alabama's DOC

Death Row inmate is prevented from aiding another Row inmate 

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 
CARLA CROWDER
News staff writer 

Willie Dorrell Minor and James Barney Hubbard have little in common, except that both reside on Alabama's Death Row. 

Hubbard is white and 74 years old. If he's executed as scheduled Aug. 5, he'll be the oldest U.S. prisoner put to death since the death penalty resumed in 1976. Hubbard has been on Death Row nearly as long as Minor has been alive. 

But last month, Minor, who is 31 and black, tried to help Hubbard. He wrote a clemency petition, in hopes of having other prisoners sign the request for mercy. He planned to forward it to Gov. Bob Riley. 

Authorities at Donaldson Prison intercepted copies in the mail, saying the small stack was a security violation. Minor's efforts to help have stalled there. 

"First time I've ever had that happen, and I've been involved in this a long time," said George Jones, a Leeds man who's active in the Alabama Committee to Abolish the Death Penalty. 

From his cell, Minor mailed a copy of the petition to Jones and asked him to make copies for almost everyone on Donaldson's Death Row. Jones said he made about 18 copies and mailed them back to Minor. The prisoner never got them. 

"The letter had absolutely nothing in it that was a problem for security," Jones said. 

The letter reads, in part: "Mr. Hubbard has been ill for several years suffering from prostate cancer, colon cancer and ulcers to name some of his health problems. Given the condition of this elderly and sick man I respectfully submit that the pending execution of Mr. Hubbard is offensive to every civilized Alabamian." 

It goes on, "This is not an issue of the death penalty per se, but rather of justice, mercy and morality. ... I urge you to grant clemency to Mr. Hubbard." 

The letter ends, "Gov. Riley, thank you for your mercy and consideration concerning this very important matter." 

Brian Corbett, spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said the package was confiscated because it was not pre-approved and because inmate petitions threaten prison security. 

"An inmate petition is an organization of inmates against the administration or the overall Department of Corrections. So they're frowned upon for that reason," Corbett said. 

Hubbard was convicted of killing a 62-year-old woman who befriended him and helped him gain release from prison in 1976. He had a previous conviction for second-degree murder. 

Hubbard has contended that Lillian Montgomery shot herself, and an appeals court overturned his first conviction. He was convicted again when prosecutors introduced evidence that she could not have shot herself. 

Hubbard's execution is scheduled Aug. 5, and he has recently been moved to Holman Prison, where lethal injections are conducted. At Holman, Hubbard has begun attending meetings of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty, an inmate-run group at the prison. 

Inmates there are working on advocacy efforts on his behalf, but have not formalized any plans yet. 

"We want to do what he wants," said Esther Brown, of Lanett, executive secretary of the group. 

So far, appeals have delayed Hubbard's death for 27 years, and more appeals will certainly be filed, Brown said. "There's always going to be an appeal," she said. 

Hubbard's attorney, Alan Rose of Boston, declined comment. 

John Matson, deputy press secretary for Riley, said the governor has not received a clemency request on behalf of Hubbard. 


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