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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

Unpardonable
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!

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TEXAS DEATH ROW JOURNAL
published by The Lamp of Hope Project

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

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LAMP OF HOPE GOES INTERNET
by Lester Bower #764

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone that beyond Death Row inmates, their family, friends, and some very dedicated supporters around the world, very few people know about The Lamp of Hope Project and its publication, The Texas Death Row Journal.

One of the major factors that contributes to this seeming anonymity, as so often is the case, is limited outside support.

The Lamp of Hope Project (LHP) is virtually run from inside the walls of Texas Death Row, and as such, we are dependent on support from friends and supporters around the world for our very existence.

What financial support the LHP receives is judiciously spent where it is needed the most. Even with volunteer supporters in Texas and around the world, publishing The Texas Death Row Journal has been on an AFP (as funds permit) basis. In these increasingly perilous days, it has become even more important for the voices of the Row to be heard, so to accomplish this in the most cost effective manner, the LHP has decided to embrace the technology of the 21st century and go on the Internet.

Contrary to what you may have heard from politicians, there an NO personal computers on Death Row. Secondly, with the recent expansion of the Internet to global acceptance, most of us "old hands" have never experienced the Internet, or know how to set up a site.

Although the idea has been germinating in our minds for sometime, the idea could not come to fruition until we met our new Executive Director, Karen Sebung. Karen brought to the organization not only an unquenchable desire to promote the ideas which are the basis of the LHP, but the knowledge to set up and administer an Internet site.

With that history lesson behind us, we move on to what that site is all about, and what we hope to accomplish. It has always been the intent of the LHP to use The Texas Death Row Journal as our voice from within the Row.

Clearly there will still be a need to publish a "hard copy" of the JOURNAL and distribute it by "snail mail", but going into the next century, mass communication will be primarily electronic.

Although access to the Internet is still not widely available to every household, within the next few years access will be so affordable that most people will have direct access, or can access the net in a library or other public facility in their area. With that in mind, it seemed a logical step forward to accomplish our goals.

The officers and directors of the LHP feel that every inmate on Death Row should have a place to express his or her thoughts, ideas, fears, wants, needs, and experiences.

Some may use the site to publish poetry, short stories, pen-pal requests, testimonies, notice of craft items for sale, requests for legal help, and maybe most important of all, a venue for the vast depository of experience that people on Death Row have to offer. We hope to build a dialogue between perpetrator and victims, abolitionists and victims' rights organizations, and curious people just seeking information.

Hopefully, the site will become a protected pipeline between the youth of our country who might be on the verge of trouble, and people on the Row that wish to pass along advice and experiences that might keep someone from traveling down the same path that got them on the Row. The site is not meant solely for an area to vent anger against the sytem for perceived abuses, whether real or imagined, but you're sure to see it there.

We're not sure where all this is going to take us, but, like Captain Kirk of the Enterprise would say, we're going "out there" and just see what happens.

We hope you'll join us in this endeavor, and will visit our site on a regular basis. It is our hope that we can rotate information on the site in a manner that will keep the site interesting enough that people will return time and again just to see what's new.

This site will be under constant construction, so bear with us. We welcome any ideas, suggestions, comments, or material you feel might be considered for addition to the site. I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't point out that all this technology comes at a price, and we welcome any financial, or technical support that comes our way.

You can reach us at our "snail mail" address, or via e-mail (ksebung@phoenix.net).

A journey begins with a single step. We hope you'll join us on this journey.


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