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A Review of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
by Jerry Hogue #660

The Lamp of Hope Goes Internet
by Les Bower #764

What Price We Pay
by David Goff #999015

by Windell Broussard #999064

Texas Prisoners Labor Union

Problems in TDCJ-ID

Capital Punishment and Thus Saith the Lord
by Rev. Joe E. Blackmon, father of Don Blackman

Texas Death Row Inmates Speaking Out on the Internet

You Now Have a Place to File Your Complaints and Problems Against Any Part or Operation With and In TDCJ-ID

Special Thanks Are Due!

We Couldn't Have Done It Without You

Murder Victims' Families Are Not Served by Another Death
by Pat Bane

Gone Too Soon
by James E. Session

Books That Need to be Checked Out

Death Row Activities and Events

ATTENTION! National Coalition Against the Death Penalty Thank You! Thank You!


published by The Lamp of Hope Project

Editor: Billy G. Hughes, Jr. CPL #556
Asst. Editor: Billy Nelson #999017

Death Row Journal

"... Terry was the 31st mentally retarded prisoner executed in this nation in the past 20 years. ..."

          — Windell Broussard #660

Greetings, my fellow Death Row (D/R) prisoners.

Most of you only know me from the birthday cards that I and others send out each month to all D/R prisoners.

I trust that those cards brighten your day in a place where there isn't many bright spots to speak of, as of late.

Certainly this is a very trying time here in Texas for D/R prisoners.

I mean, Texas is carrying out executions with a clarity! (prompt and eager readiness) and what is so troublesome about this is most Texans seem to have numbed at the pace, they are so commonplace that they just about proceed unnoticed, like the space-shuttle. Remember when that used to be a big deal?

And any press account would get as much space as needed?

Here's a good example: Most of the old-timers knew Terry Washington and it was common knowledge on the Row that Terry was mentally retarded and was suffering from the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome and childhood violence, substance abuse, and poverty as bad as you'll find.

Unfortunately, Terry was the 31st mentally retarded prisoner executed in this nation in the past 20 years, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Terry did receive a small group gathering on the evening of May 6 to protest his execution, but Terry's death passed with just a small amount of press coverage on his case, the little attention he received was by a news conference held by Capacity for Justice, an advocacy group for people with disabilities.

There once was a time I was naive with hope that the mentally retarded prisoners could have been common ground over the death penalty — that both sides "for" and "against" could agree to draw a line at the execution of the mentally retarded, and perhaps a ban on all executions.

As for Terry, being a mentally retarded man was unpardonable.

He was turned down by Governor George W. Bush.

And the State Board of Pardon and Paroles rejected a request for a stay or reprieve from Terry's attorneys, as did the U.S. Supreme Court.

Our state lawmakers have worked really hard to see that death row prisoners are executed fast, and the fruits of the 1995 habeas changes are working.

The Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Terry's habeas petition because it didn't meet the 1995 law's requirements that a successive writ contain evidence that was factually unavailable when the first was filed.

I have been watching the law advance sheets (court decisions) for over four years now.

I saw it coming, no matter what may or may not happen here in Texas, the next couple of years are going to see lots of executions being carried out.

I most recently read a news article and it mentioned the state tourist slogan which is usually advertised on CNN News Network, and it said it would work just as well for the state's criminal justice system: "Texas", the slogan goes,

"it's like a whole other country."

Keep the faith as we continue to fight this very unfair system. Peace.

Windell Broussard is President of the Lamp of Hope.

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