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


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 2015
> View In Memoriam for 2016
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Prisoners executed in the United States in 2014

Name US State Date of Execution
Askari Muhammad Florida January 7 2014
Michael Wilson Oklahoma January 9 2014
Dennis McGuire Ohio January 16 2014
Edgar Tamayo Texas January 22 2014
Kenneth Hogan Oklahoma January 24 2014
Herbert Smulls Missouri January 29 2014
Suzanne Basso Texas February 5 2014
Juan Chavez Florida February 12 2014
Michael Taylor Missouri February 26 2014
Paul Howell Florida February 26 2014
Ray Jasper Texas March 19 2014
Robert Henry Florida March 20 2014
Jeffrey Ferguson Missouri March 26 2014
Anthony Doyle Texas March 27 2014
Tommy Sells Texas April 3 2014
Ramiro Hernandez Texas April 9 2014
Jose Villegas Texas April 16 2014
William Rousan Missouri April 23 2014
Robert Hendrix Florida April 23 2014
Clayton Lockett Oklahoma April 29 2014
Marcus Wellons Georgia June 17 2014
John Winfield Missouri June 18 2014
John Henry Florida June 18 2014
Eddie Davis Florida July 10 2014
John Middleton Missouri July 16 2014
Joseph Wood Arizona July 23 2014
Michael Worthington Missouri August 6 2014
Earl Ringo Missouri September 10 2014
Willie Trottie Texas September 10 2014
Lisa Coleman Texas September 17 2014
Miguel Paredes Texas 28 October 2014
Chadwick Banks Florida November 13 2014
Leon Taylor Missouri November 19 2014
Robert Holsey Georgia December 9 2014
Paul Goodwin Missouri December 10 2014


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