Incarceration & Execution of Mentally Ill Persons in Arkansas: Time is running out!
Time is running out to prevent the execution of Jack Greene. The Board of Directors of Mental Health America in Northwest Arkansas sent a letter and an email to both Governor Hutchinson and Attorney General Rutledge asking the Governor to spare the life of Jack Greene.
Mr Greene is a 62 year old man with severe mental illness and brain damage; he has been incarcerated for 24 years. Jack Greene’s execution date is set for November 9, 2017.
Scott Braden, Assistant Federal Defender, Arkansas Federal Defender Office said
“The State has taken the next step toward executing a man who suffers from severe mental illness. Mr Greene has long held a fixed delusion that the Arkansas Department of Correction is conspiring with his attorneys to cover up injuries that he believes corrections officers have inflicted upon him. He complains that his spinal cord has been removed and his central nervous system has been destroyed. He believes he will be executed to cover up what he calls theses ‘crimes against humanity.’ In the coming weeks, it’s imperative that the appropriate decision makers consider whether the State should execute a man in such a feeble mental state. The U.S. Supreme Court has been clear that the Eighth Amendment prohibits the execution of someone who cannot rationally comprehend his execution. Two- and-a-half decades of solitary confinement — piled on top of Mr Greene’s existing mental fragility – call the legality of Mr Green’s execution into serious doubt.”
It is important the Governor and the Attorney General hear from as many of us as possible. To join us in advocating for incarcerated mentally ill persons, please feel free to use our letter (see below) or craft one of your own. Your message will have the most impact if you send both an email and a letter to both officials. Many thanks!
Dear Governor Hutchinson,
Please demonstrate your humanity and spare the life of Jack Greene.
Please model compassion; do NOT execute Jack Green or any other mentally ill or intellectually disabled death row inmate.
Please spend the State of Arkansas’s money on mental Health evaluations and treatment for inmates with mental illnesses, NOT on executions.
I am a constituent, a tax payer, and a voter. Respectfully,
your signature, your name, your address
SEND YOUR LETTER TO: Governor Asa Hutchinson, State Capitol, Room 250, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 and email governor.arkansas.gov – Asa (Simply fill in the online form, type your letter in the comment box, and submit it.)
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, 323 Center Street, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201 and email oag@ArkansasAG.gov
P.O. Box 4714
Email: Jerri Skaggs, president
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