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Contact: Elaine Monaghan, [email protected], 202-776-7700

(NEW YORK) – In response to reports that Glenn Ford, Lousiana's longest-serving death row inmate, is about to be freed, Amnesty International USA Senior Campaigner Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris made the following statement:

"After 30 years, Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner will get his freedom soon. Glenn Ford is living proof of just how flawed our justice system truly is. We are moved that Mr. Ford, an African American man convicted by an all-white jury, will be able to leave death row a survivor. We are more determined than ever to put an end to the death penalty, once and for all."

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.