Working for alternatives to the death penalty
We are thrilled to report that because of the thousands of letters sent by our supporters and others on behalf of Gaile Owens--a battered woman on Tennessee's death row--Governor Bredesen changed her sentence from death to life with parole. This just shows how committed individuals can have an impact and save a life. Now, please take just a few seconds to help save Damien Echols, a man on death row in Arkansas who could be executed for a crime he did not commit. Thank you for your commitment to ending the death penalty. --Stefanie
Damien Echols could be executed for a crime he did not commit unless you ACT NOW.
In 1993, 18-year-old Damien Echols had dyed black hair, wore heavy metal t-shirts, and read Stephen King. When a terrible crime happened in the small town where he lived, he immediately became a suspect, simply because he was "different." He's been on death row ever since.
There was no physical evidence, weapon or motive linking Damien to the murder of three 8-year-old boys. His guilty verdict was based on a recanted confession by a peer with a severe developmental disability. And now new DNA evidence has emerged that could prove once and for all that he's innocent.
Arkansas may execute Damien Echols for a crime he did not commit unless you speak up for him now. Tell Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe that Damien deserves a fair chance -- please, just a few dozen postcards could save Damien's life.
The Arkansas Supreme Court is currently reviewing the new forensic evidence to decide whether they'll grant Damien Echols a new trial. But the Governor has the power to end this nightmare now.
We are partnering with CREDO Action to flood the Arkansas Governor's mailbox with postcards -- postcards that could literally save Damien's life today.