Urgent Action: Imminent Execution Based on Faulty Theory (USA: UA 53.21)

May 12, 2021

Quintin Jones’ execution is scheduled for May 19, 2021. He is on death row in Texas, USA in connection with the 1999 murder of his 83-year-old great aunt when he was just 20 years old. The sentencing jury was presented with a since discredited theory regarding his “future dangerousness”, which proved to be a key factor leading to his death sentence. His first postconviction attorney filed both the state habeas application and federal habeas petition late, which prevented meaningful review of his case. The victim’s sister and great-nephew have called for clemency for Jones. We urge Governor Abbott to grant clemency.

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CONTACT INFORMATION 

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78757
Fax: (512) 467-0945
Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles,

Quintin Jones (TDCJ #999379, DOB 7/15/1979) faces execution on May 19, 2021 for a 1999 murder committed when he was barely 20 years old.

The sentencing jury largely relied upon testimony from a doctor for the State who diagnosed Jones as a “psychopath” and such a future danger that he should be sentenced to death. This testimony was based upon a psychological checklist that has been demonstrated to be unreliable and misleading with respect to “future dangerousness”. In addition, scientific research now shows that development of the brain and psychological and emotional maturation continues into a person’s mid-20s. His first postconviction attorney filed both the state habeas application and the federal habeas petition late, which prevented meaningful review of this case.

Both the victim’s sister and great-nephew have asked the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole to spare Jones’ life. Quintin Jones has matured into a remorseful, compassionate person.
I urge you to grant him clemency.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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