Today, I receive this email:
I'm delighted to tell you that Rodney Reed, who had a date for March 5th, has been given a stay! I'm so pleased for Rodney, his family and his LifeLines penfriend, Ken.
But please keep in your thoughts/prayers those who still have dates: Manuel Vasquez, Randall Mays, Kent Sprouse, Manuel Garza, Richard Vasquez, Robert Pruett and Derrick Charles. Think also of their LifeLines penfriends who are supporting them. Thank you.
LifeLines Coordinator for Texas
Those of us who write to prisoners on Texas death row receive regular updates from the indefatigable Margaret, who works tirelessly to keep us up to date. The above includes some good news, of course. But these stays of execution are always more or less last minute, so the inmate has already gone through a lot of the anticipation and fear. One prisoner came within minutes of execution three times, only to receive a stay. On the fourth occasion, they went through with it. That's four journeys of over forty miles, in an armoured vehicle, with a police escort, to the place of execution; four last meals; four farewells to family. But of course,"cruel and unusual,punishment" is against US law. Exactly how cruel and unusual does it have to be to qualify?
More people are needed to write to prisoners. Please.....( again)...could one of them be you?