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  • US federal executions continue

    24 Aug 2020 - US federal executions continue with the execution of the only Native American man on federal death row, and a man who was sentenced in Missouri Federal Court  The federal government has executed three people on federal death row this summer. Daniel Lee (executed 7/15/20), Wesley Purkey (executed 7/16/20), and Dustin...
  • Federal executions continue

    13 Aug 2020 - Friend, Federal executions continue this month and into next, with four upcoming scheduled executions. In the coming weeks we we urge you to participate in these Calls to Action: -Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will be hosting execution watches and vigils should the federal executions take place. Events...
  • Save the Date!

    30 Jul 2020 - Please join us next week, August 6th, from 7:00PM-9:00PM for an online screening of Ben Scholle’s  “Through the Cracks”. A film about Missouri death row prisoner Johnny Johnson, Severe Mental Illnesses (SMI) and the death penalty. After the screening there will be a short Q/A with panelists: Marion Boyd, MSW...
  • The Fourth Federal Execution of Keith Nelson

    20 Jul 2020 - Friend, This week the Department of Justice under the direction of Attorney General William Barr carried out the first three federal executions after a 17-year-hiatus. The fourth federal execution of Keith Nelson is scheduled to take place Aug. 28th 2020, as calls for a stay of execution continue. Legal teams...
  • Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

    17 Jul 2020 - Contact: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, info@madpmo.org, 816-931-4177 Two warrantless federal executions have now taken place, will there be a third? (Missouri) — The federal government has now executed both Daniel Lee (executed 7/15/20) and Wesley Purkey (executed 7/16/20) this week in what attorneys are calling “illegal and...
  • Federal Execution Watch and Vigils

    13 Jul 2020 - Friend, After a 17-year hiatus, the resumption of federal executions are set to begin this upcoming Monday, with a rapid fire succession of 3 of the 4 executions taking place next week. Dates for federal executions are: July 13th, 15th, and 17th, and August 28th. The cases of the men...
  • By the Grace of God

    16 Jun 2020 - To let you know a little about myself, a brief testimony: My name is Tommie Covington, I’m 47 years of age, this is my first ever time in prison. I’m in my fourth year of a six year commitment. I know for a fact that I couldn’t have gotten this...
  • Resumption of Federal Executions

    10 Jun 2020 - The resumption of federal executions by the U.S. Justice Department after a decade-plus hiatus may affect the future of death-penalty litigation. Federal executions remain challenged in the high courts due to petitions from federal inmates, as well as federal justices who have differing opinions on the Death Penalty Act which...
  • The Scheduled Execution of Russel Bucklew

    19 Mar 2018 - Dear Friends, Here is my letter to Missouri Governor Greitens regarding Russell Bucklew’s execution scheduled for March 20th.  Let me urge you to help by: Prayer for Russell, taking action yourself.  Please call the governor at 573-751-3222 and ask him to grant clemency for Russell Bucklew. Also, pray that Russell...
  • In His Hands

    26 Jun 2017 - Drugs began to take over my life as I constantly dealt with feelings of loneliness and hopelessness. Then I found myself in the prison system for grand theft and exploitation. Since my incarceration, God’s hands have been upon me from the very first day and have shown me things about...
  • Justice vs Just Us

    20 Jun 2017 - Pastor Mark Glenn first joined the Cry Justice Now Newspaper in 1996, where he, along with Reverend Larry Rice and the CJNN Staff, brought to light abuses by correctional guards, poor living conditions and substandard medical care. Now Glenn returns to the CJNN as Editor. “Although 20 years has passed,...
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  • I Did Not Die – Poetry by Inmates

    21 Jul 2014 - Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not here, I do not sleep, I am a thousand winds that blow, I am diamonds gilt on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn’s rain, When you awake in the morning’s hush, I...
  • Live in Faith – Poetry by Inmates

    21 Jul 2014 - Promise yourself to be strong, that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything, and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best. Work only for the best and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past, and press on...
  • Don’t Start the Day With Doubts and Fears – Poetry by Inmates

    21 Jul 2014 - Don’t start the day with doubts and fears, For where they live, faith disappears. Love won’t grow in a gloomy heart, Where sorrows live and tear drops start. Don’t give up before you’ve begun, You still have time to get things done. Don’t waste the time God’s given you, Let...
  • The Mirror – Poetry by Inmates

    21 Jul 2014 - I looked in the mirror and tried to see, The creation of wonder I used to be. But pale sunken eyes are starin’ back, Bags beneath, almost black. I see moles and creases where smooth skin was once a cover, And look, there’s even one ear higher than the other....
  • Birdsongs

    21 Jul 2014 - It was a cold Tuesday morning and one of our two-yards-per-week opportunities. I contemplated briefly remaining under the warm blanket, as being stuck on the yard for the next two hours seemed less appealing, but as usual, the rare chance to walk through the open door was enough of a...
  • Making an Entry into a Life of Faith

    14 Jul 2014 - If we do not make an entry into a life of faith, we will discover there are so many things we can be afraid of. We will fear crime, sickness, failure and the future. The list goes on and on. Fear will paralyze and destroy. Just look at the churches...
  • A Day Without Me - Poetry by Inmates

    14 Jul 2014 - If tomorrow starts without me, And I’m not there to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes, All filled with tears for me. I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, The way you did today, While thinking of the many things, We didn’t get to say. I...
  • Don’t Answer

    14 Jul 2014 - Be not conformed to this world. If you live like the world, you’ll be overcome by the world. It’s as simple as that. So don’t let the world squeeze you into its own mold. Instead, “be transformed” by the entire renewal of your mind. Overcome the world by having your...
  • Are You Ready to Bloom?

    14 Jul 2014 - While in prison, I was given an assignment to clean and rake around a flower bed. While doing this work, I noticed a very ugly bulb on the top of a rose bush I was working around. It was dark green with brown and gray spots all over it. The...
  • Count Time - Poetry by Inmates

    07 Jul 2014 - The officer just passed my door, His boots are pounding on the floor. This same thing happens eight times a day, And every time I start to pray. See this is count time in the pen, But see there’s something better just listen. There is a book sealed with seven...
  • Captive - Poetry by Inmates

    07 Jul 2014 - Thumbing through volumes of past mistakes, Yearning for a salve of understanding, for heaven’s sake, The stifling peril of neglect, emotional abuse, and more, Loves destitute caress, blossoming abnormal behavior to underscore, How quickly we cling to those comforting aspects, Replacing absent traits with demeaning characteristics, Shuffling from one dead-end...