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Kenny Fults

posted Apr 13, 2016, 11:55 AM by GFADP staff

Friends, 

Kenny Fults was executed last night at 7:37pm. The state went forward despite the fact that Kenny was intellectually disabled and at least one juror and Kenny’s own defense attorneys had used racial slurs against him. The parole board and the courts refused to intervene. Kenny was the fourth person executed in Georgia this year.  We know that rampant racism is not unique in the criminal legal systemBut we expect our state to do better. We expect the parole board, entrusted with the duty to show mercy and act as a failsafe when the courts get it wrong, to do the right thing. Yet we see them time and time again choose vengeance over mercy. 

We learned a few days ago that Daniel Lucas has an execution date on Wednesday, April 27, and we’ve been told to expect more execution dates to be set in the coming months. 

While we are seeing progress nationally with criminal justice reforms and an emphasis on rehabilitation and redemption, the folks on the row are completely left out of this conversation by virtue of being condemned to die. They become invisible and forgotten by many. Their stories of redemption and rehabilitation are seldom known. And there are many. 

This slew of executions is upsetting and horrifying and not at all in touch with the momentum away from the death penalty in Georgia and the rest of the nation. Today, death sentences are rarely imposed by Georgia juries, a fact that speaks volumes about Georgians’ current attitude toward the death penalty.  The state would nonetheless lead us to believe that these executions are being done in our names.

People have been asking “what can we do?” We know that you all are a creative and passionate group. We need you. For those of you in Atlanta, please join us next Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 for our monthly meeting. This meeting will be dedicated to strategizing about what we can do to bring attention to the fact that our state executed 5 people in 2015, and 4 people so far this year with two more planned and even more to come.  

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: 75 Marietta Street, 5th floor/Suite 501, Atlanta, GA 30303 

If you are unable to attend the meeting on the 21st or you’re outside of Atlanta and want to do more, please contact us. 

There is a lot of work to do and we are so grateful to be in community and in struggle with all of you. 

Onward,

Kathryn Hamoudah on behalf of GFADP

 

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