Arkansas Pursues November 9th Execution of Severely Mentally Ill Man, Jack Greene
Oct 5, 2017 — On November 9, 2017, Arkansas plans to execute Jack Greene even though he suffers from a psychotic disorder and began showing signs of mental illness almost a decade before the crimes which led to his death sentence. Mr. Greene’s severe mental illness produces delusions that cause Mr. Greene to believe, falsely, that he is being physically injured by a coalition of Arkansas Department of Correction employees and his own attorneys to prevent him from being extradited to North Carolina, where he believes he will receive adequate medical care. Greene’s illness manifests itself in extreme physical contortions and self-mutilation, which Greene considers necessary to alleviate pain from injuries such as the destruction of his central nervous system.
Among other behaviors caused by his delusions, Mr. Greene frequently stuffs his ears and nose with paper, and believes that guards are trying to harm him by putting his food tray through the door forcefully. He often causes his nose to bleed, leaving his face covered in blood. Mr. Greene’s illness has gotten worse with time, such that he cannot now rationally comprehend the purpose of his scheduled execution.
Today, the Arkansas Parole Board voted against recommending mercy to Mr. Greene.
But this fight is not over. Lawyers for Mr. Greene commented, “As we continue to seek a competency hearing in the courts so that Mr. Greene may prove he is incompetent and that his execution would be unconstitutional, we respectfully ask the Governor to grant clemency in this unique case.”
Today we are asking you to learn about Mr. Greene’s case and share the video with your social networks. This 14-minute video tells Mr. Greene’s story through interviews with attorneys, mental health experts, and family members who talk about his horrific childhood of extreme poverty and physical abuse, including sexual abuse at the notorious Stonewall Jackson Juvenile Training School.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to take action!