sample letter to GA State Board of Pardons & Parole

In case you just want to print & mail the letter (or copy/paste in to an email), here’s a sample letter (from Amnesty Intl).

you can mail to:

State Board of Pardons and Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, Balcony Level, East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4909

fax to: 404-651-8502

or email to: and/or


Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, Balcony Level, East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334

Dear Chairperson Buckner and Members of the Board,

I was deeply disappointed to learn that you denied clemency to Troy Anthony Davis on September 12, but I recognize that you can revisit this decision at any time between now and September 23. I strongly urge you to do so.

I welcomed your decision to stay the execution of Troy Davis in July 2007. When you issued this decision, you stated that the Board “will not allow an execution to proceed in this State unless and until its members are convinced that there is no doubt as to the guilt of the accused.” In March, the Georgia Supreme Court denied Troy Davis a hearing, so doubts of his guilt will always remain. In their dissenting opinion, three members of the Georgia Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice, wrote of their doubts about Troy Davis’ guilt.

Please clarify your reasons for denying clemency, and how you have dispelled all doubt.

This case has generated widespread attention, which reflects serious concerns in Georgia and throughout the United States about the potential for executing an innocent man. Nothing can undermine public faith in a criminal justice system faster than an execution when serious doubts about guilt have not been resolved.

The power of clemency exists as a safety net to prevent such an irreversible error and preserve public confidence in the state’s capacity for justice.

The integrity of justice in Georgia is at stake in this case. I urge you to clarify your reasons for denying clemency, to reconsider your decision, and to stop the execution of Troy Davis.

Thank you for your consideration.


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