Human Writes is a non-profit, humanitarian organisation which  befriends people on death row in the USA
There are prisoners on Death Rows all over the States who are in need of help to live like a human being for the time they are here.
Prisoners' Art
Articles By Human Writes Members

Thoughts on being a Human Writes penfriend.

In Memorium of Prisoners Executed in the United States
In memoriam of prisoners executed in the United States

Prisoners executed in the United States in 2016

I Just Want To Stay

"The volunteers of Human Writes seek to hold out the hand of friendship to men and women facing the death penalty. I am pleased to encourage them in their writing"
Most Reverend and Rt Hon George L Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury

"No matter its circumstances, dying is one of the most important things we ever do. I applaud all who offer compassion and hope to those facing death, especially in the terrible circumstances of Death Row. May God bless your work."
His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

Prisoners' Art
Notelets for sale

Prisoners' artwork notelets available for sale.

A Prisoner Testimonial : "I already answered Sally's first letter, but not just a letter of words. I wrote letting her know I want to be her friend forever. I can already see she is a very sweet person, full of smiles and happiness and my heart is very full of care and respect for her."

Resources and Links

Useful Websites

Death Penalty Information Centre
Based in Washington DC this organisation contains a wealth of reports on capital punishment issues, including state-by-state information, statistics on the death penalty and a regularly updated 'What's New' section.

Amnesty International
This well-known organisation has worked for many years towards the abolition of the death penalty, amongst other humanitarian issues.

Journey of Hope
Journey of Hope (From Violence to Healing) is an organisation where murder victims' family members, death row prisoners' family members and those exonerated from death row join together to carry out public speaking engagements and speaking tours to address alternatives to the death penalty.

Death Penalty Focus
Founded in 1988, Death Penalty Focus is dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment through public education. Its newsletter - The Sentry - provides regular information on current death penalty issues.

NAACP Legal Defence Fund
This organisation publicises a quarterly report entitled Death Row USA which provides comprehensive US death penalty statistics together with state-by-state information.

Hands Off Cain
Founded in Brussels in 1993, Hands Off Cain is a league of citizens and parliamentarians for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.

Death Watch International
A UK-based organisation promoting the campaign against the death penalty. DWI is a member of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty was founded in 1976. With its headquarters in Washington DC , NCADP serves its network of over 100 state and national affiliates, providing them with technical assistance, training and strategic advice to end, limit or repeal the death penalty, state by state.

Death Penalty News and Updates
This website is compiled by Dr. Rick Halperin, a former chairperson of Amnesty International USA and a director of Southern Methodist University, Texas. It contains a regularly updated variety of information on the death penalty and current issues surrounding it.

Useful reading

Death At Midnight
by Don Cabana
Published by North Eastern University Press

This is a personal account of the experiences of Donald Cabana, a long-term corrections official and previous supporter of the death penalty, now an outspoken opponent to capital punishment.

The Execution of Innocents
by Sister Helen Prejean
Published by Random House

The story of two prisoners, finally accompanied to their executions by the author, evidence that was never presented to the trial jury and Sister Helen's firm belief in their innocence.

The Future of America's Death Penalty
by Charles Lanier, William Bowers and James Acker
Published by Carolina Academic Press

Denitrifying the most critical issues confronting the future of capital punishment in the United States.

Journey of Hope
by Bill Pelke
Published by Xlibris

In The Journey of Hope...From Violence to Healing Bill Pelke writes of his own Journey of Hope, and how he overcame violence through the healing power of forgiveness.

Life and Death Matters - Seeking the Truth About Capital Punishment
by Robert Baldwin
Published in 2009 by New South Books

Focusing on the myths and misconceptions about prisons and the death penalty from the author's personal experiences and his journey confronting racism and the death penalty in the deep south.

No Winners Here Tonight
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Published in 2009

A comprehensive study of the history of the death penalty in Ohio, examining the state's experience with capital punishment.

A Saint on Death Row
by Thomas Cahill
Published in 2009 by Doubleday

The author tells the story of Dominique Green, highlighting issues of race, poverty and abuse and tracing his childhood through to his years on death row until his execution in 2004.

Serving Time, Serving Others
by Tom and Laura Lagana
Published by Fruit Bearer Publishing

These inspiring and true stories reveal the helping hands that have been offered behind prison walls, from fellow inmates, prison volunteers, correctional officers, counsellors and chaplains - humane acts in inhumane surroundings.

Waiting to Die: Life on Death Row
by Richard M. Rossi
Published by Vision Paperbacks

Richard Rossi, sentenced to death in 1983, gives a straightforward account of his daily life on Arizona's death row, the conditions under which they live and the psychological toll of living under the sentence of death.

Within These Walls
by Rev. Carroll Pickett
Published by St. Martin's Press

Carroll Pickett ministered to ninety-five men and stood alongside them in the execution chamber during their final moments. This book is his memoirs of those years and illustrates why he so strongly opposes the death penalty today.

Human Writes Patrons

"As a journalist who has lived and worked in the United States, the horror of death row is one of the issues that never leaves you. The thread of humanity that Human Writes manages to sustain with men and women on death row is a profound contribution to keep alive the hope of life. Capital punishment is now on the retreat in America, but the numbers awaiting their fate are still very considerable. I am very honoured to have become a Patron of Human Writes and will hope to do my best to put my shoulder to the wheel".
Jon Snow Broadcaster and journalist, Patron, Human Writes

"In such an inhuman system small moments of human contact make a big difference. That's why I support Human Writes and why I would encourage you to do the same."
Gary Younge, Author and US-based feature writer for the Guardian, Patron, Human Writes

"I know what it is like to live in a cell for decades and feel that the whole world hates you. I never expected to be able to live again as a contributing member of a community. Prison life was precarious and unpredictable but I met people who worked there who wanted to help me and people like me - and I'm lucky that I live in a society graceful enough to offer me a second chance. At least I had hope. Hope for many of the people supported by Human Writes has all but been extinguished. Letters to people on Death Row let them know that however low they may have fallen, they are still human beings. They still have value and are worth caring about and letters might just help to keep hope alive. That is why I am honoured to have been invited to be a patron."
Erwin James, author and Guardian columnist, Patron, Human Writes