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.

Human Writes Conference Saturday 6th October 2018

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Our annual conference this year will be held at the Royal National Hotel, London. Our keynote speaker will be Sabrina Butler-Smith, one of only two women exonerated from Death Row in the United States. Other speakers will include Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, forensic psychiatrist Dr Pablo Stewart, who specialises in all phases of capital litigation, and Nicola White, Founder of ArtReach.

The conference is open to members and non-members of Human Writes. Further details and an application form for the event can be obtained from our main enquiry email address Please mark your email 'Conference Enquiry'.


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

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 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 2012
> 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 2015

Name US State Date of Execution
Andrew Brannan Georgia January 13 2015
Shane Kormondy Florida January 15 2015
Charles Warner Oklahoma January 15 2015
Arnold Prieto Texas January 21 2015
Warren Hill Georgia January 27 2015
Robert Ladd Texas January 29 2015
Donald Newbury Texas February 4 2015
Walter Storey Missouri February 11 2015
Manuel Vasquez Texas March 11 2015
Cecil Clayton Missouri March 17 2015
Kent Sprouse Texas April 9 2015
Andre Cole Missouri April 14 2015
Manuel Garza Texas April 15 2015
Derrick Charles Texas May 12 2015
Lester Bower Texas June 3 2015
Richard Strong Missouri June 9 2015
Greg Russeau Texas June 18 2015
David Zink Missouri July 14 2015
Daniel Lopez Texas August 12 2015
Roderick Nunley Missouri September 1 2015
Kelly Gissendaner Georgia September 30 2015
Freddy Prieto Virginia October 1 2015
Juan Garcia Texas October 7 2015
Licho Escamilla Texas October 14 2015
Jerry Correll Florida October 29 2015
Raphael Holiday Texas November 18 2015
Marcus Johnson Georgia November 19 2015
Brian Terrell Georgia December 9 2015


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