Since 1991, the Lamp of Hope Project (LHP) has been a non-profit corporation under the laws of the state of Texas and is federally tax exempt under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
The LHP was established and is primarily administered by Death Row prisoners. Aptly named, The Lamp of Hope Project strives to shed light on the truth about the terrible conditions of our justice system and to bring hope to those who believe in life.
As stated in the LHP constitution and by-laws, the purpose of the LHP shall be to address:
Victim's rights concerns
The effects of poverty on the crime problem
The concerns of children/family members of incarcerated individuals, especially those on Death Row, with an eye towards breaking the cycle of violence for the children
The nourishment of the dignity and integrity of the men and women on Death Row
The improvement of the relationship between them and their families, friends, and the outside community
The enhancement of the knowledge and understanding that the public has with respect to the death penalty and to change the stereotype image which the public has of the men and women on Death Row
The promotion of moral and spiritual values
The protection of Death Row prisoners' interests and civil rights by addressing things such as unwarranted oppressive prison conditions
The LHP promotes the dignity of all citizens searching for reconciliation and is dedicated to offering hope of healing to survivors of murdered victims, to their families, and to society in general.
Taking another human being's life is the most heinous of crimes, whether committed by an individual or by the State on behalf of its citizens. Common ground must be found where understanding, compassion, forgiveness, and love will rule instead of anger, rage, revenge, and the further destruction of life.
The LHP is also dedicated to educating the public about the astonishing injustice and abuses in our legal system, specifically concerning the death penalty, and helping to insure that the people on Death Row aren't murdered by a malfunctioning system. Our cause is not just about prisoners.
Each time the legal system is modified to take away a "criminal's" rights, the same rights are taken from everyone! When the appeals process is limited, convicted people aren't just being pushed through the courts quicker; likewise, it becomes more difficult for innocent people to be fairly heard.
When the checks and balances on law enforcement abuses are weakened, it becomes easier for over-zealous police to apprehend innocent people. The LHP's goals for protecting Death Row prisoners' rights encompasses the protection of everyone's rights.
The LHP publishes the Texas Death Row Journal (TDRJ), a newsletter produced by condemned prisoners on Texas Death Row and distributed worldwide.
The TDRJ is the pivot point of our effort to be heard, and is vital for educating the public and coordinating the effforts of those involved in furthering the LHP's goals. Death Row prisoners are oppressed by the judicial and prison systems. We want to take charge of our own lives. We have organized to do something about our conditions. We are seeking long-term solutions and will be directly controlling our projects.
We want to lift ourselves out of the darkness, shed light on the truth of our situation, and give ourselves hope for the future. We ask that you thoughtfully consider our request for your participation our fight to preserve the sanctity and dignity of all human life. We urge you to remember that every death diminishes all of society. Please help us help ourselves and uplift human spirits in the process.
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The purposes of the LHP shall be to address victim's rights concerns; legal issues which entail the reduction of rights that effect not only prisoners, but all Americans simultaneously; the effects of poverty on the crime problem; the concerns of children/family members of incarcerated individuals, especially those on Death Row, with an eye toward breaking the cycle of violence for the children; the nourishment of the dignity and integrity of the men and women on Death Row; the improvement of the relationship between they and their families, friends, and the outside community; the enhancement of the understanding that the public has with respect to the death penalty, and to change the stereotype image it, the public, has of the men and women on Death Row; the promotion of moral and spiritual values, and the protection of Death Row prisoners' interest and civil rights by addressing things such as unwarranted prison conditions.
Taken from Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Lamp of Hope Project.