National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Stop Arkansas From Executing Man With Schizophrenia
Charles Singleton, a man with severe, longstanding schizophrenia, is scheduled for execution on Tuesday, January 6 at 8:00 pm. Mr. Singleton is so ill that the State has found it necessary to medicate him involuntarily in order to make him competent to be executed. Despite compelling testimony offered by NAMI-Arkansas and other organizations against his execution, the Clemency Board of Arkansas voted 5 to 1 to proceed with the execution in December. Now, the only person who can stop tonight's scheduled execution is Governor Mike Huckabee. You can help by sending an email to Governor Huckabee and urgently request that he stay the execution of Mr. Singleton and commute his death sentence to life without parole. Governor Huckabee's email address is: email@example.com. Please send copies of your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and RonH@nami.org.
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* Charles Singleton has a long, clearly documented history of severe schizophrenia, with symptoms that include hallucinations, delusions, and seriously impaired judgement. While in prison, he has been frequently psychotic. The U.S. Supreme Court has said that it is unconstitutional and cruel to execute people who are "insane."
Read CNN's story about the pending execution.