Reprieve is delighted that Jack Alderman has received a stay of execution

September 16, 2008

Reprieve, the legal action charity, is delighted at the news that Jack Alderman, who has been on Georgia’s death row for over 33 years, has received a stay of execution.

Today a Judge ordered that Jack’s execution – scheduled for tomorrow – should not be carried out until the State Board of Pardons and Paroles grants a“meaningful” hearing at which Jack’s legal team and witnesses will have an opportunity to appeal for clemency.

“How hard, how difficult would it be before the state takes someone’s life, as a matter of grace … for you to have this hearing?”asked the Judge.

A time for the hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve’s Director, said, “This is great news for Jack, and we are all grateful that the state of Georgia has responded to requests for a stay of execution from all around the world. I can only hope now that his appeal for clemency will ultimately be successful.”

Reprieve would also like to thanks the many thousands of individuals who wrote letters and signed the petition at asking the Board to grant Jack a hearing.

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For further information, please contact Andy Worthington at Reprieve’s PressOffice on 020 7427 1099 or email

Note for Editors:Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on thefrontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves.Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person’s right toa fair trial and saving lives.

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA. Reprieve lawyers currently represent over thirty prisoners held in Guantánamo Bay. For more details about Reprieve, visit:


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