Justice for Willie Simmons

“Sometimes I feel like I’m lost in outer space.”

In 1982, at the age of 25 Willie Simmons was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole for stealing $9. He has been in prison for 38 years, and is now 63 years old.

This web site is intended to advocate for his release and compensation for the injustice done him.

How can you help Willie Simmons?

  • HB 107
  • Donate $9
  • Sign the petitions
  • Write him a letter
  • Put money into his canteen account
  • Contact the Governor of Alabama
  • Sign up for a monthly newsletter
  • Listen to media

HB 107

  • Details from ACLU of Alabama here
  • “This bill would repeal Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act (HFOA), provide for re-sentencing for defendants whose sentences were based on HFOA…”
  • Thank Rep. Chris England for authoring this bill
  • Members on the subcommittee: [will update]

Donate

  • Give $9, or more, using the GoFundMe page here.

Sign the online petitions

How to write to Willie Simmons

AIS #112862
E Dorm Bed #22
Holman Unit 3700
Atmore AL 36503-3700

The rules for correspondence are here, found on this page.

Updates

  • Tweet thread | Dec 22, 2020 here.
  • Tweet thread | Jan 2nd, 2020 here.
  • Tweet thread | Dec 31st, 2019 here.
  • Tweet thread | Dec 21st, 2019 here. Facebook page with the complete thread, here.
  • Post from Free Alabama Movement | Dec 15th, 2019 here.
    • @justice_alabama says this is the Judge for a different person with the same name. Do not write to this Judge.

How to fund his canteen account

  • Start here.
  • Select “Send Money to an Inmate”, which sends you here.
  • If you select “Use Debit or Credit Card Online” you will end up here.
  • At which point you will need to create an account.
  • After your account is set up you need to select Willie Simmons
    • For State select “Alabama”
    • For Agency select “AL DOC”
    • For ” Recipient ID” enter 112862 and select Find. It should return with Willie Simmons.

How to contact elected officials

GovernorKay Ivey@GovernorKayIvey334-242-7100
Lt. GovernorWill Ainsworth@willainsworthAL334-261-9590
Speaker of the HouseMac McCutcheon@MacDistrict25334-261-0500
US SenatorRichard Shelby@SenShelby202-224-5744
US SenatorTommy Tuberville@SenTuberville202-224-4124

Monthly newsletter

Listen to media

  • Poor Man’s Pain by Danielle Ponder here
  • Ashes Ashes podcast – Minimum Justice here
  • Beth Shelburne interviewed on NPR here

Social media

Other posts using information from the Dec 21st, 2019 Tweet thread: essence.com, mediaite.com, boredpanda.com, confirmationbias.ocm

For the search engines: “Willie Simmons”, “Willie Junior Simmons”, “Alabama”, “Alabama Department of Corrections”, “Alabama DOC”.