Hundreds of men are sentenced to die in prison for crimes with no physical injury. They haven’t given up on life. Why has Alabama given up on them?
MEN CONDEMNED TO DIE IN PRISON
JOHN MANLEY | AGE 60, has served 36 years for burglary.
John has earned an Associate’s Degree and worked as an accounting clerk while incarcerated at St. Clair Correctional Facility. Although no one was physically injured, nothing was stolen, and he had no contact with the victim, the Montgomery County District Attorney has opposed all resentencing efforts, even after the victim signed an affidavit supporting John’s release.
MYRON MONROE| AGE 62, has served 32 years for $50 robbery while armed with a knife.
He works for the warden at Holman prison and has been involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous throughout his incarceration.
“After 30 years in prison, I have been rehabilitated. Any more time would be too long for snatching money from a cash register, which although wrong, is not deserving of my entire life. I am truly sorry. All I want is to go home to my family that I left so many years ago.”
AMERICAIN FELDER | AGE 51, has served 14 years for “shoplifting gone wrong.”
Americain was sentenced to Life Without Parole after a conviction in Houston County in which he stole two polo shirts from a department store, then was chased by a mall security officer. He flashed a pocket knife from 8 feet away and told the officer to leave him alone, then drove off. A judge described the incident as “shoplifting gone wrong.” He lives in Donaldson prison’s honor dorm and has never had a disciplinary infraction.
Permit judges to resentence people serving Life Without Parole (LWOP) who have a demonstrated record of rehabilitation.
Eliminate the possibility of life imprisonment without parole for non-murder and non-sex offenses that do not result in injury to victims
Limit certain property and other low-level offenses from being used to enhance sentences under HFOA
Make sentencing fair by applying 2015 sentencing reforms retroactively so that people sentenced decades ago receive similar sentences as people sentenced today
Require prior offenses used for enhancement under the HFOA arise from separate incidents
Eliminate use of priors for enhancement purposes that occurred when the defendant was under 18 years of age