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Examining the California SAFE Act


In November, the people of California will be voting on a ballot measure that could repeal the death penalty there.  Since it won a place on the ballot, the Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California (SAFE)  Act has been a topic of discussion and debate among criminal justice reform activists. The full text of the SAFE act can be read here.


Communicating with death row prisoners

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


Jpays are the mainstay of how I communicate with Rodney.  They are emails that are $.44 per page that are sent through the Jpay company directly to the Polunsky Unit (the unit that houses all Texas Death Row prisoners), where a Texas Department of Criminal Justice staff prints it and delivers it to Rodney.  They are to be delivered within 48 hours, which actually happens most of the time, except weekends when nothing gets delivered!

I write a Jpay everyday and sometimes I'm even able to copy articles from Facebook and Twitter and send those too.  I'm Rodney's favorite jibber jabberer—I like that!  So, I thought for this week's blog that I would share one of my Jpays.

6/11/12

Hi there Anam Cara,


Words

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


Injustice time as of this writing: 5,528 days 132,674 hours

The moon
A mountain
The stars
A wildflower
The clouds
A leaf
The ocean
A stream
The sky
A blade of grass

Never utter a single word,

Yet - oh so, profoundly, express
more in their being
than all the words ever written.

This poem wrote itself yesterday and I woke up this morning thinking about it and words.  All the billions of words, I've thought, spoken, written in my life and how for all the billions they are only an infinitesimally small expression of me.

This led me to thinking about this blog and how I am trying to bring expression to not only me but Rodney—his life, his story, our friendship. The only tool in my toolbox is words; words that, to borrow a few Zen words "only point to" the essence, the real, the depth.  Oh, there is so much more:


Not Afraid of "The Man"

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


"...liberty and justice for all" FREE RODNEY REED!


Reaching Out

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


Injustice time as of this writing 132,145 hours.  5,506 days.

Last week's Visit Day blog came out of my witnessing of a mother, a father, a wife and children visiting their loved one for one of the last times before his murder by the state of Texas.  It had a profound effect on me. Witnessing a family’s last visit day took on new meaning to me as I chronicle my visits here. RIP Beunka Adams 4/26/12.


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