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
James Robinson
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

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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 : "It's about my penpal she has changed my life from a mental hell, her letters have rolled back the clouds in my life and allowed the sunshine to burst thru. I am so impressed by this beautiful women that I am not ashamed or embarrassed to acknowledge her as my friend – Best Friend. I couldn’t love her more. "

In Memoriam

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> View In Memoriam for 2016
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Prisoners executed in the United States in 2013

Name US State Date of Execution
Robert Gleason Virginia January 16 2013
Carl Blue Texas February 21 2013
Andrew Cook Georgia February 21 2013
Fred Treesh Ohio March 06 2013
Ray Thacker Oklahoma March 12 2013
Rickey Lewis Texas April 09 2013
Larry Mann Florida April 10 2013
Ronnie Threadgill Texas April 16 2013
Richard Cobb Texas April 25 2013
Steve Smith Ohio May 01 2013
Carroll Parr Texas May 07 2013
Jeffery Williams Texas May 15 2013
Elmer Carroll Florida May 29 2013
Elroy Chester Texas June 12 2013
Bill Van Poyck Florida June 12 2013
James DeRosa Oklahoma June 18 2013
Brian Davis Oklahoma June 25 2013
Kimberley McCarthy Texas June 26 2013
John Quintanilla Texas July 16 2013
Vaughn Ross Texas July 18 2013
Andrew Lackey Alabama July 25 2013
Douglas Feldman Texas July 31 2013
John Ferguson Florida August 05 2013
Anthony Banks Oklahoma September 10 2013
Robert Garza Texas September 19 2013
Harry Mitts Ohio September 25 2013
Arturo Diaz Texas September 26 2013
Marshall Gore Florida October 01 2013
Edward Schad Arizona October 09 2013
Michael Yowell Texas October 09 2013
William Happ Florida October 15 2013
Robert Jones Arizona October 23 2013
Darius Kimbrough Florida November 12 2013
Jamie McCoskey Texas November 12 2013
Joseph Franklin Missouri November 20 2013
Jerry Martin Texas December 03 2013
Ronald Lott Oklahoma December 10 2013
Allen Nicklasson Missouri December 11 2013
Johnny Black Oklahoma December 17 2013


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