Here is disheartening news about our criminal justice system from the New York Times: “‘Troubling Tableau’ in 11th Circuit’s Prisoner Cases, Sotomayor Says.”
“The appeals court, which covers three Southern states, uses procedures “out of step with other courts,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, echoing critiques from judges and scholars.” -NYT
Below is a letter Jennifer Evans received from an inmate who was incarcerated with Robert Evans at the Talladega Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega, Alabama. Mr. Evans, a paraplegic with chronic and life threatening comorbidities, is now incarcerated in Butner, NC and eligible for compassionate release. But the real injustice is that he was charged for something white people are rarely arrested for. And yet he was handed a life sentence for it.
Hello Mrs. Evans,
This is Brandon Fennell (Robert friend/cousin) over at Talladega Federal Correctional Institution. How are you and how is Robert?? Thank you so much for accepting my email request!! I’ve been worrying myself sick trying to figure out where Robert is and what’s going on with him!
**I’m not sure if you remember me, but I used to be out on visit with my two kids and their mother when you would come see Robert. I listened to the radio last night and I heard you all mention his name and I thought to myself that his name sounded familiar.
**So as I continued to listen, I heard you give details about his situation and everything and then I knew who you were talking about. I listened to the whole show and I want to say that you all did a wonderful job in putting his case and situation out there like it needs to be!! He needs to be out with you and the rest of his family!! I spent a lot of time with him over here at Talladega.
**I spent a lot of time talking with him and laughing with him. We were really just us encouraging each other to not give up the fight. Thank God for you and you are an inspiration to soooo many people for who you are and what you’re doing!!! God bless you.
**Whatever I can do to help, please don’t hesitate in letting me know. I love him man and he’s my big cousin and thats what family is for. Last week when James Williams mentioned he would have guests on the show talking about Compassionate Release and things of that nature, I decided to write him a letter. But I wasn’t sure until I heard the message y’all put out last night.
**I’m very much inclined to contact James and send him a letter letting him know more about Robert and what type of person he is!! Im gonna help as much as possible in contributing to putting his story out there and getting him home!!!
**I also have a Compassionate Release Motion pending with Judge Proctor and I’m waiting on a decision. My prosecutor is also out of Huntsville, AL. I have no violence and I also was enhanced with a 851 Enhancement for two prior possessions that are very small. Robert knows all about my case.
**Even though I don’t have as much time as he, it isn’t right the way they do us. I have a 10 year sentence and I’ve been incarcerated for 5 years. It has destroyed my family and my girl has left me because this situation has us both so stressed out and we are always disagreeing about everything. I’m trying to keep her by my side so I can make her happy when Im released but its hard for her and the kids out there without me because of this! She has no family in Decatur or anything to help her and she’s only 29 years old.
**She loves me like crazy and I love her even more but this wrong that the system has done to us is destroying us!! I’m here for you guys. If I need to write a letter or call some relatives or whatever I need to do that y’all see fit to help, please let me know. Tell him I love him and to keep his head up because God sees all!!! God bless y’all!
**Have him to contact me for anything. Or have anyone who may need some insight on whats going on here behind these walls and with anything to contact me. I also worked over there at medical too for a while.. So I was able to get a firsthand look at some things. Keep that in mind its important. Tell my cousin that I love him and Im praying!!