In general an inmate who is to be executed must have an IQ at a level 70 or higher. Michael has been assessed as having an IQ of less than 70 which is critically borderline. The state's high court said Thursday that it has scheduled the execution of Michael Jeffrey Land for Aug. 12.
Contact Alabama Governor Bob Riley
Dear Governor Riley,
I urge you to stop the execution of Michael Jeffrey Land, scheduled for August 12th. Executions do not accomplish any more than imprisonment and do not restore healing to or ease the suffering and pain of the victims. Prison accomplishes public safety without resorting to violence and death. Fighting death with death is ineffective and research studies have shown that the death penalty does not deter, prevent or reduce violent crimes. Michael has an IQ which is lower than the level which is required for execution in the USA. Executing this mentally "retarded" man would be unacceptable, immoral, inhumane and cruel. The death penalty is revenge and justice is not advanced in the taking of a human life. Please, have some compassion and stop the execution of this man. I urge you to do so.