Prison-Reform Advocates Rally to Stop Troy Davis' Execution

Members of the NAACP, Amnesty International and Color of Change are protesting the Georgia inmate's fourth execution date. 

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Members of the NAACP, Color of Change and Amnesty International are rallying together one last time to gain support for Georgia inmate Troy Davis, who is soon expected to face his fourth execution date. Davis has been on death row for the past 20 years for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, despite no physical evidence linking him to the crime. 

Davis and his attorneys have spent years trying to prove his innocence, but the court system has refused to grant him a new jury trial. His last three execution dates were delayed within hours or days, and since the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal on March 28, Davis could now face an execution date as soon as next month. 

"If the presumption of innocence means anything in our justice system, we cannot execute a man with such an overwhelming body of evidence pointing to his innocence," Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the NAACP, wrote in an op-ed last week.

If the state of Georgia refuses to pardon this man, the least it can do is give him another trial. The state had a faulty case 20 years ago, and we're sure it would be even worse today. Davis has been spared for the past 20 years, but if this man doesn't get a miracle soon, we fear his fate will, in fact, be death. 

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