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.
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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


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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 : "Julian is the most wonderful person I have ever had as a penfriend and I am really grateful that you brought us together. He is trying to teach me your English cricket – what a bewildering game it is!"

In Memoriam

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> View In Memoriam for 2015
> View In Memoriam for 2016
> View In Memoriam for 2017

Prisoners executed in the United States in 2011

Name US State Date of Execution
Billy Don Alverson Oklahoma January 06 2011
Jeffrey Matthews Oklahoma January 11 2011
Leroy White Alabama January 13 2011
Emmanuel Hammond Georgia January 25 2011
Martin Link Missouri February 09 2011
Michael Hall Texas February 15 2011
Frank Spisak Ohio February 17 2011
Timothy Adams Texas February 22 2011
Johnnie Baston Ohio March 10 2011
Eric King Arizona March 29 2011
William Glenn Boyd Alabama March 31 2011
Hanif Carter Ohio April 12 2011
Cary Kerr Texas May 03 2011
Jeffrey Motts South Carolina May 06 2011
Benny Stevens Mississippi May 10 2011
Daniel Bedford Ohio May 17 2011
Rodney Gray Mississippi May 17 2011
Jason Williams Alabama May 19 2011
Don Beaty Arizona May 25 2011
Gayland Bradford Texas June 01 2011
Lee Taylor Texas June 16 2011
Eddie Powell Alabama June 16 2011
Milton Mathis Texas June 21 2011
Roy Blankenship Georgia June 23 2011
Richard Bible Arizona June 30 2011
Humberto Leal Texas July 07 2011
Thomas West Arizona July 19 2011
Mark Stroman Texas July 20 2011
Andrew Grant DeYoung Georgia July 21 2011
Robert Jackson Delaware July 29 2011
Martin Robles Texas August 10 2011
Jerry Jackson Virginia August 18 2011
Steven Woods Texas September 13 2011
Russell Brewer Texas September 21 2011
Troy Davis Georgia September 21 2011
Derrick Mason Alabama September 22 2011
Manuel Valle Florida September 28 2011
Christopher Johnson Alabama October 20 2011
Frank Garcia Texas October 27 2011
Reginald Brooks Ohio November 15 2011
Oba Chandler Florida November 15 2011
Guadalupe Esparza Texas November 16 2011
Paul Rhoades Idaho November 18 2011


Human Writes Patrons

"The very essence of the death penalty is to tell people that they are somehow sub-human, not fit to live. Yet even those people I have represented who did what they were accused of - a surprisingly limited number - have always been much better people than their worst fifteen minutes, as are we all. Those who recognise this by reaching out to the men and women on death row are true heroes, though I suspect they gain as much as they give to the relationship."
Clive Stafford Smith OBE, Founder of Reprieve and Patron, Human Writes

"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