How to Help

Stop the execution of Jeff Wood!!!

You can help by taking the following actions:

Signing Jeff’s petition

Writing a clemency letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Abbott (see below)

U.S. Residents can send an email to Governor Greg Abbott on his website

Everyone can call the Governor and leave a message (They keep count) Main Switchboard:  (512) 463-2000. Example: “I’m calling to ask the governor to grant clemency to Jeff Wood.” You can give your reasons and tell them your name and where you are calling from.

Tweet the Governor at @GovAbbott.

Call, fax, email and write a letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

Email the BPP at bpp_pio@tdcj.texas.gov and bpp_clemency@tdcj.texas.gov

BPP Phone (512) 406-5852
BPP Fax (512) 467-0945
Sample phrase if you call: “I’m calling to urge the Board of Pardons and Paroles to vote for clemency for Jeff Wood.”

Daily Kos has created a form for people to sign and send an email to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency for Jeff Wood. They have written a letter already, so you can either send the letter they have written, or they allow you to edit the text and write your own letter before you send it.

Office of the Governor Fax: (512) 463-1849

No fax machine? You can sign up for an account at HelloFax and send free faxes to the Governor and BPP.

Donate to the Campaign to Save Jeff Wood

Spread the link to savejeffwood.com on your social media accounts, like facebook and twitter, hashtags #savejeffwood #jeffwood. Share links to any media stories you see to your contacts on your Facebook or Twitter pages.

Write a letter to the editor for publication in your local paper.

Houston Chronicle: Email viewpoints@chron.com
Dallas Morning News: use their form at http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/send-a-letter

San Antonio Express-News
Send letters to letters@express-news.net. Letters may also be mailed to Letters, Express-News, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. Length? The shorter the better – long enough to make your point. All letters are subject to editing for length and clarity.

In addition to signing the petition, we need as many phone calls, faxes, emails, postcards, and letters to the Governor and the Board of Pardons and Paroles as we can get!!!

It took over 17,000 contacts to Governor Perry and the Board of Pardons and Paroles (via the aforementioned means of communication) to make a difference for Kenneth Foster (In addition to the agencies that got involved).

Below are some sample letters you can use for ideas.  Please write your own personal letter and mail/fax in. (Certified mail is best but all forms of communication are welcomed!) Please mail 1 letter per person...not per household; a man's life is at stake who did not kill anyone and we need as many as we can get!

Again, emails, petitions, form-letters, phone calls, postcards and personal letters are but a few great ways to contact these government officials about Jeff's case, however the most effective form of communication is a well written personal letter.  Personal letters will be put into a permanent file whereas emails, form letters, and petitions may be discarded.

Please let your “VOICE” be heard!  It only takes a few minutes to pen down your thoughts/ideas and to get them sent out to your government officials.

When writing to your government officials, remember to always be courteous and precise.  Do not remind them that your tax dollars pay their salary and do not be threatening in anyway! Remember also that LONG letters might not be read as thoroughly as you want them to be so, keep to the points.

Please state at the beginning what the purpose of the letter is. For example:

RE: Clemency for Jeffrey Wood, 999256

The following samples will demonstrate how to write each of your government officials and the Clemency Board:

To write to the Governor of Texas

Please send your letter to:

The Honorable Greg Abbott

Governor of Texas
PO Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

or by email on the governor's website:

http://www2.governor.state.tx.us/contact/

 

*Please also send a copy of your letter to the Save Jeff Wood Campaign at 246 County Road 7611, Devine, Texas, 78016

Sample Letter  # 1 for the Governor of Texas

 

Date______________________

Honorable Governor Greg Abbott
The Governor of Texas
PO Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

RE: Requesting Clemency and pardon for Jeffrey Wood, 999256

 

Dear Governor Abbott and members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles,

I am writing to urge the Board to recommend death row prisoner Jeffrey Lee Wood be granted a commutation and removed from death row. Further, we hope that Governor Abbott would act favorably on such a recommendation. As we are certain you are aware, Mr. Wood is scheduled to be executed on August 24, 2016.

Mr. Wood was convicted of capital murder under the Texas Law of Parties. It appears evident that he neither killed, nor anticipated that Daniel Earl Reneau would kill Kriss Keeran. He did not anticipate that a murder would occur and was not in the store when the murder took place. The shooter, Danny Reneau, has already been executed for this crime. When asked on death row to identify the shooter, Reneau had a one-word reply, “Me.” This case is similar to the case of Kenneth Foster, whose death sentence under the Law of Parties was commuted by Governor Perry in 2007.

Further, there were several errors made at Jeff's trial, and as a direct result of these errors and prosecutorial misconduct Jeff did not receive the fair trial he was entitled to.

Jeff also has mental and learning disabilities, dating back to his childhood, that allowed him to be taken advantage of not only by the shooter, but by the prosecution in this case as well. The jury never heard the mitigating evidence that was readily available.

This oversight regarding mitigating evidence has not been corrected by the courts - and executive clemency exists to intervene where the courts have not. Therefore, we implore you to demonstrate your respect for justice and human life by doing everything in your power to commute the death sentence of Jeffrey Wood.

I thank you for your time and attention to this very serious matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

To write to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

Please send your letter certified mail to

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

Attn: Executive Clemency Section

8610 Shoal Creek Blvd

Austin, Texas 78757

or email them at bpp_pio@tdcj.texas.gov     and    bpp_clemency@tdcj.texas.gov

 

 

Sample letter # 2 for the Governor or the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole

 

Date:

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

Attn: Executive Clemency Section

8610 Shoal Creek Blvd

Austin, Texas 78757

Re: Requesting Clemency and Pardon for Jeffrey Wood

Dear Distinguished Members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles,

In the interest of justice, I appeal to you to grant clemency for Jeffrey Wood, who is currently scheduled to be executed on August 24, 2016.  He was sentenced to death, through the Law of Parties, in 1996 for the murder of Kriss Keeran.  This Murder was actually committed in 1996 by Daniel Earl Reneau who was executed in Texas on June 13, 2002.

I am particularly concerned that Jeffrey Wood may be executed despite serious concerns regarding inadequate legal counsel and lack of mitigating evidence presented during his trial.

The death of Kriss Keeran was extremely tragic, and I in no way seek to deny the amount of pain and suffering the Keeran family has endured. But Wood’s jury issued him a death sentence without hearing any mitigating evidence during the sentencing phase, even though such evidence was readily available.

The fact that Wood’s jury did not hear this important evidence has not been corrected by the courts, and executive clemency exists to intervene where the courts cannot. I strongly urge you to demonstrate your respect for justice and human life by doing everything in your power to commute the death sentence of Jeffrey Wood. Thank you for your time and attention to this serious matter.

Sincerely
Steven Been

 

Governor Greg Abbott

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Information and Referral Hotline: (800) 843-5789
[for Texas callers]

Citizen's Opinion Hotline: (800) 252-9600
[for Texas callers]

Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline: (512) 463-1782
[for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers]

Office of the Governor Main Switchboard:  (512) 463-2000
[office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]

Citizen's Assistance Telecommunications Device
If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD), call 711 to reach Relay Texas

Office of the Governor Fax: (512) 463-1849

Website that contains a link for email (Requires U.S. Address):

https://gov.texas.gov/contact/