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Seems common sense to say 'People in #prison are criminals.' Actually, 'People in prison are people.' Shift from 'criminal' to 'person' could begin to undo wreckage & #racism of mass incarceration AND increase public safety.

"Prison itself may exacerbate recidivism" says DOJ.
Thinking of people in prison as criminals turns ACTS into IDENTITY. My classmate #BryanStevenson says we're all more than the worst thing we've done. DOJ research shows even those who commit crime at highest rates naturally age out of criminal behavior beginning at 35. #JustMercy
We should hold people accountable. But long prison sentences make us LESS safe, acc'g to peer-reviewed research, which is the gold standard for life/death decisions in medical care. Why not so in life/death decisions about public safety & incarceration?
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Like #NathanielWoods, my friend #KennethFoster was sentenced to be killed even tho he wasn't convicted of killing. He was already in the TX Death House when Rick Perry commuted his sentence. Kenneth will serve decades for a robbery at 18, but he is still alive. #RIPNateWoods
My friend #KennethFoster was sentenced to die even tho TX admitted he didn't kill anyone. His sentence was commuted to life. Court-appointed counsel failed to present compelling evidence of innocence for #TroyDavis (GA) & #NathanielWoods (AL). They were both killed.
TX guards moved #KennethFoster to the Death House earlier than planned. Because he wasn't convicted of killing, he protested his own killing by not walking to his unjust execution. I love Kenneth. His dignity inspires me. #DeathPenalty
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What does Bryan Stevenson do for self-care? How does he guard his hope? I need to know.
Black women like Minnie McMillian continue to amaze me. The movie is telling me to focus on Eva Ansley, and bless her, but I am focused on Miss Minnie. #JustMercy
What is Alabama’s municipalities’ reaction to #JustMercy? Their dirty drawers are out in the open. (But I guess that hasn’t stopped systemic racism in the US before.) The 90s weren’t that long ago. Sheriff Tate freshly retired in 2019.
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Prepping for a hearing tomorrow. But taking a needed break to get an early view of Just Mercy. To watch & witness the story of Bryan Stevenson, my professor and mentor (and professor and mentor to so many). The reason I became a public defender. Ready to be inspired as always.
Just finished. So inspired. Now hearing from Norris Henderson. An innocent man who served 27 years in Angola. #JustMercy brought me to tears. I can’t wait for the country to see this. Asked this crowd who thinks this film will bring new folks into fold. Everyone raised hands.
Norris Henderson is the Founder & Director of the Voice of the Experienced. Please learn more here:…
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