Time is short – how to contact the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles re: Troy Davis


Troy Davis’s clemency hearing is on Monday, September 19; his execution date is September 21. As of today (September 14), snailmail will likely take too long to reach the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles in time.

Commenter AndyHall provides this email address for getting letters to the board: Clemency_Information@pap.state.ga.us (and suggests that, if you can, attach it as a .pdf as well, with a signature), and this site for more contact information: http://www.pap.state.ga.us/opencms/opencms/

You’ll find a sample letter below; for more information about the case and ways to help, click here.


Sample letter to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles (please note that it is important to stress the fact that the case against Mr. Davis has fallen apart; personal certainty of his innocence is probably best left unsaid. If you are a member of the legal profession or clergy, please say so in your letter):

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

To the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles,

In the interest of justice, I appeal to you to grant clemency to Troy Davis, who is currently scheduled to be executed on September 21.  He was sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail.

I am deeply concerned that Mr. Davis may be executed despite serious doubts regarding his guilt, and the fact that the case against him has steadily unraveled over the years. There is no physical evidence linking Mr. Davis to the crime, seven out of nine eyewitnesses have recanted, and many witnesses have implicated another man all together, someone reported to have boasted of the crime to friends — one of the original witnesses. There are scores of unresolved questions about what happened the night of the murder, and only one thing is clear: There is overwhelming doubt.

The murder of Officer MacPhail was tragic, and I in no way seek to deny or diminish the pain and suffering the MacPhail family has endured, but executing Troy Davis will not bring them justice. Please act quickly to grant Mr. Davis clemency.





  1. Have sent the e-mail.

  2. Jonathan Weiss

     /  September 14, 2011

    IF Troy Davis is granted clemency, we can all thank our lucky stars for Jimmy Carter. He was formerly the governor of Georgia and knows the ins and outs of the process. He can have influence on that board as a local — as a respected former governor, a respected former president, and a respected elder statesman the world over.

    Long after you and I and Troy Davis are dead, the world will still be remembering Jimmy Carter and celebrating his many achievements. May the clemency for Troy Davis be just one more accolade Carter carries with him in his brilliant and distinguished career promoting human rights the world over.

  3. This is perhaps the best summary (for me) explaining what happened in the 2010 hearing:


    I won’t quote it, and I edited what I quoted at the Atlantic blog post. But – puts things together neatly about the process. Essentially, the Clemency Board has stated that it will block an execution unless there is no doubt, and the various recantations and withdrawn evidence are enough to argue that the Board should fulfill that commitment .