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
Arthur Burton
 
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

 

Postcards For Sale

Postcards for sale

Prisoners' artwork postcards available for sale.

 
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

 
A Prisoner Testimonial : "You are so right, people like Helene don't come along too often in this crazy world. I just replied to her letter. She stood by my side when darkness set upon me and gave me warmth when life felt so cold. I'm forever grateful for her love and support."
 

Art and Writing From Death Row

< See more Art and Writing

A Poem By Michael S. Combs, California

Beautifully Right

The boundary of trees around the
Open mountain meadow becomes true.
The first is thick and green with purpose.
The influence of a small creek with willows
Parts the meadow's centre.
From the boundary of the forest shadows
I examine the meadow and creek more closely.
I notice an intricate labyrinth of beaver damns
Among the willows.
A big beaver pond with a mound of mud and sticks
Within the pond's centre
Represents the beaver's home.

Nature at work and all is quite here,
Except for the water of the creek
And the beaver dams doing their work.
I ponder the beautiful sight of this
Intricate serene mountain meadow.
I then do what most do not do ...
I stay within the shadows of the forest edge
And silently walk around the meadow.

No-one knows that I was here.
Not even the deer taking a drink
At one of the beaver damns.
All is beautifully right,
And I continue on my way.

Michael S. Combs, California





< See more Art and Writing

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