Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Act today to help save Kelly Gissendaner's life tomorrow

Less than 30 hours away from Kelly Gissendaner’s execution, and today, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles is considering her petition.

The most important thing you can do is call the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles RIGHT NOW and tell them to show mercy. Here’s the number: (404) 656-4661 (press “0” then “4”). 

Then, email them by clicking here, post a message to their Facebook here, and click here to send a Tweet.

We’ve made tremendous headway — wonderful press telling Kelly’s story of redemption, ads in major local papers, more petition signatures, direct action, and people speaking up on social media [1]. But we need our Groundswell community to join in for this final push.

Today, members of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles are watching videos from the Struggle Sisters, women who were in prison with Kelly and who were transformed by her words. They’re considering the testimony of Kelly’s three children who are pleading for her life. And they are weighing whether or not Kelly’s sentence was proportional, since the person who committed the murder will be eligible for parole in 8 years [2].

While they are deliberating, they need to hear from you! Call the board now at (404) 656-4661 (press “0” then “4”).

We have no idea when we will hear from the board, but when we do, we’ll update you one more time to let you know what is next. Time is running out. Please act in whatever way you can TODAY to help save Kelly’s life TOMORROW.

The Reverend Kimberly S. Jackson, Letitia M. Campbell, and Rev. Dr. Melissa Browning

[1] To see recent articles about Kelly’s case, or to view new videos and see letters of support, visit our website or find us on Facebook.
[2] “Georgia woman set to die despite anti-death-penalty pleas,” The Wall Street Journal. Sept. 27, 2015.

Sept. 28, 2015

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