For 17 years, Rodney has struggled to win his freedom from behind bars on death row, and his family has stood alongside him, working tirelessly to prove his innocence and oppose the machinery of death in Texas. Recently, Rodney's mother Sandra Reed and brother Rodrick Reed talked to Lily Hughes of CEDP about their disappointment in the courts, the urgent need for all the DNA evidence to be tested, and the pain of facing an execution date.
Sandra: Words can't even express what I'm feeling. At this phase of the game, I'm strong. I'm optimistic. Knowing what this system has done to us, I can't believe it until I see it now. I have to touch it now. So that's the best I can do, but I'm praying to God that he gives me the strength to endure whatever.
Rodrick: Somebody told me yesterday, "I'm really proud of you for the work that you do for your brother. I think you're doing a good thing. I'm so proud of you." I looked at her and I said, "To be proud of me for doing something for someone that I love is not a big deal. What moves me is people who do something for someone they don't even know--a stranger."
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