Letter Writing Campaign

Bobbie Jean Johnson

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OVERVIEW: 

Bobbie Jean Johnson was one of the longest serving female prisoners in Louisiana. Upon surviving a tragic childhood, she was vulnerable to the wrongful arrest and prosecution that resulted in a grossly unjust life sentence. After 40 years in prison, she was released on a guilty plea and immediately sought much-needed medical care. 

TAKE ACTION: 

Send a message of solidarity to Bobbie Jean Johnson to let her know you are thinking of her.

Edward Knight

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OVERVIEW: 

Edward Knight was convicted of a crime for which no DNA evidence exists tying him to the crime. He’s been in prison for more than 20 years.

TAKE ACTION: 

Help secure an independent review and new trial for Edward Knight, whose case lacks evidence of the crime for which he was convicted. Write the Suffolk County District Attorney.

Joann Parks

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OVERVIEW:

Joann Parks, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering her children in a tragic fire in 1989. The investigators and jury were misled by bad science, or no science at all. She continues to maintain her innocence. It’s time for Joann to be free.

TAKE ACTION:

Ask California Governor Gavin Newsom to grant Joann Parks clemency.

Conroy Smith

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OVERVIEW:

On December 12, 2006, Conroy Smith was found guilty of murder under the doctrine of joint enterprise, a British law meaning a person may be found guilty for another person’s crime. He was convicted with two other defendants. 

TAKE ACTION: 

Write the Director of Public Prosecutions; ask them to review joint enterprise cases involving young black men.

FAQ

What makes a successful letter?
  • Research the address and salutation for the decision maker to whom you are writing. 
  • Be respectful and polite. 
  • Write clearly and be brief and concise. 
  • Be constructive and focus on a solution for the person for whom you are writing.
  • Keep your tone formal.
  • Stick to the facts; do not include judgement, feelings or political leanings.
Can I just sign the sample letters?

It will be more effective to write a letter that’s customized to your voice and style. Unique and personal letters demonstrate to the government official that you are invested in the case and will increase pressure on them.

Do I have to use my full name and address on the letters?

It is not necessary, but it adds credibility to your letter to include your full mailing address.