Tayyiba Bajwa wrote -
On 12 October Tayyiba and Rose are running the Oxford half marathon to raise money for the Capital Appeals Project, a not-for-profit law firm in New Orleans that represents indigent defendants on death row in Louisiana.
We are emphatically and indisputably NOT a natural runners / athletes / exercisers (although we fancy our chances in competitive eating competitions) so we would really appreciate any money you feel this (very worthy) cause deserves. If only so you can see us crying and crawling over the finish line.
The Capital Appeals Project is an extremely deserving organisation and we are fundraising in particular to help support families of incarcerated individuals so that they can have regular visits to their loved ones.
As you may know Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration in the United States and as a result many children are raised without a parental (and particularly, paternal) figure. Parental incarceration, particularly for those on death row, has substantial negative effects on children's physical and psychological wellbeing, family stability and financial circumstances. Although visitation is the most effective contact a child can have with an incarcerated parent, the costs associated with visitation are prohibitive for most families of incarcerated individuals in Louisiana. Reconnecting families who have been estranged is critical to breaking the cycle of incarceration and fostering stronger families.
As well as supporting the families of incarcerated individuals, regular visitation is key to supporting the wellbeing of those on death row. Client care is a large part of a capital attorney's work and regular visitation can help affirm the dignity and humanity of those individuals subject to a capital sentence.