What It’z Like to Almost Get Executed

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April 2, 2016 by socialaction2014

Moorbey'z Blog

San Quentin inmate Kevin Cooper on watching the minutes tick away on his life.

This article was published in collaboration with Vice.

I was supposed to be executed one minute after midnight on February 10, 2004.

In the lead up to that day, I was moved to a new cell where prison guards could check in on me every hour to “make sure I was all right.” The prison also started sending a psychiatrist — it was clear that they wanted to make sure I was not going to commit suicide.

This went on for a few days, and then things slowly started to get more intense. I was awakened in the middle of the night, handcuffed, taken out of the cell, and placed against a wall. One of the guards started…

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