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 : "You asked if all is well between us and are we still good friends. In one word Absolutely. Monica has come to be a very valued friend, she is patient and kind in her responses as well as quite timely and consistent. Truly she is a rare blessing in that so many come only to go shortly after. She has stayed and stayed steady."

In Memoriam

> View In Memoriam for 2009
> View In Memoriam for 2010
> View In Memoriam for 2011
> View In Memoriam for 2013
> View In Memoriam for 2014
> View In Memoriam for 2015
> View In Memoriam for 2016
> View In Memoriam for 2017

Prisoners executed in the United States in 2012

Name US State Date of Execution
Gary Welch Oklahoma January 05 2012
Rodrigo Hernandez Texas January 26 2012
Edwin Hart Turner Mississippi February 08 2012
Robert Waterhouse Florida February 15 2012
Robert Moorman Arizona February 29 2012
George Rivas Texas February 29 2012
Keith Thurmond Texas March 07 2012
Robert Towery Arizona March 08 2012
Timothy Stemple Oklahoma March 15 2012
Matt Puckett Mississippi March 20 2012
William 'Mitch' Mitchell Mississippi March 22 2012
Jesse Joe Hernandez Texas March 28 2012
David Gore Florida April 12 2012
Mark Wiles Ohio April 18 2012
Shannon Johnson Delaware April 20 2012
Tom Kemp Arizona April 25 2012
Beunka Adams Texas April 26 2012
Michael Selsor Oklahoma May 01 2012
Curtis Jackson Mississippi June 05 2012
Richard Leavitt Idaho June 12 2012
Jan Brawner Mississippi June 12 2012
Gary Carl Simmons Mississippi June 20 2012
Sam Lopez Arizona June 27 2012
Yokamon Hearn Texas July 18 2012
Marvin Wilson Texas August 07 2012
Daniel Cook Arizona August 08 2012
Michael Hooper Oklahoma August 14 2012
Duke Palmer Ohio September 20 2012
Bobby Harris Texas September 20 2012
Cleve (Sarge) Foster Texas September 25 2012
Jonathan Green Texas October 10 2012
Eric Robert South Dakota October 15 2012
Bobby Hines Texas October 24 2012
Donald Moeller South Dakota October 30 2012
Donnie Roberts Texas October 31 2012
Garry Allen Oklahoma November 06 2012
Mario Swain Texas November 08 2012
Brett Hartman Ohio November 13 2012
Ramon Hernandez Texas November 14 2012
Preston Hughes Texas November 15 2012
George Ochoa Oklahoma December 04 2012
Richard Stokley Arizona December 05 2012
Manuel Pardo Florida December 11 2012


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