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"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 are so right, people like Helene don't come along too often in this crazy world. I just replied to her letter. She stood by my side when darkness set upon me and gave me warmth when life felt so cold. I'm forever grateful for her love and support."
Art and Writing From Death Row
- "I Cried" by Al
- "Raindrop Kisses" by Bobby Scott-Healy, California
- "A Change of Thought" by Brad Lee Nelson, Arizona
- "One Of Those Days" by Carl Buntion, Texas
- "A Fanatic Heart" by Carlos
- "Untitled" by Cathy
- "From Glad To Sad" by Chris
- "My Pride And Joy" by Cletus Rivera, Pennsylvania
- "River of Tears" by Daniel
- "A Friend Like You" by Eugene Broxton, Texas
- "Goodbye" by Eugene Broxton, Texas
- "Judge Ye Not" by Eugene Broxton, Texas
- "One Nation" by Frank
- "The Most Important Part of Me" by Jeffery Doughtie, Texas
- "A Wall of Memories" by Jeffery Doughtie, Texas
- "Daddy's Little Girl" by John A.
- "No-One Waiting" by John Robinson, Kansas
- "When Each Day Has Come To An End" by Justin
- "Castles of Sand" by Karl Chamberlain, Texas
- "Be Encouraged" by Kerry Spencer, Alabama
- "Beautifully Right" by Michael S. Combs, California
- "Essence of Time" by Michael S. Combs, California
- "Listen" by Michael S. Combs, California
- "Outlook" by Michael S. Combs, California
- "The Ridge" by Michael S. Combs, California
- "Thoughts Transcend" by Michael S. Combs, California
- "Death Row Arrival" by Ojahre
- "Man’s Own Creation" by Rayford L Burke, North Carolina
- "Behind The Shadows" by Royal
- "Memories" by Sammy da Wolf Lupo, Illinois
- "Soul-less" by Sammy da Wolf Lupo, Illinois
- "The One Below" by Sammy da Wolf Lupo, Illinois
- "The Protector" by Sammy da Wolf Lupo, Illinois
- "A Frightened Child" by Sammy Lupo, Illinois
- "Fractured Heart" by Sammy Lupo, Illinois
- "The Magnificent Three" by Sammy Lupo, Illinois
- "Nightmares" by Sammy Lupo, Illinois
- "Never-Ending Nightmare" by Sammy The Wolf Lupo, Illinois
- "Tears of Yesterday" by Son Tran, Texas
- "Compassion" by Steven Moody, Texas
- "Living Presence" by Steven Newell, Arizona
- "Where To Now?" by Tracy
- "In Between Worlds" by Virginia Caudill, Kentucky
- "Turning The Tide On The Death " by Al C.
- "Reflections" by Al N.
- "The Point of One Death Row Prisoner" by Anon.
- "It Sounded Good! The Truth About Lying" by Billy
- "Life Story" by Carlos
- "Broken Social Skills" by Carlos Trevino
- "The Death of a Friend" by Glenn
- "Green Eyes" by John E. Robinson, Kansas
- "Simply A Cookie" by John E. Robinson, Kansas
- "The Homeless Man" by John E. Robinson, Kansas
- "Warning Labels" by John E. Robinson, Kansas
- "Reality Check" by Kevin
- "Process of dehumanisation" by Kevin Brian Dowling
- "A World Without Children" by Kevin Brian Dowling
- "Founding Fathers, Lost Sons" by Kevin Brian Dowling
- "False Oaths and Fatal Lies" by Kevin Brian Dowling, Pennsylvania
- "My Last Day On Earth" by Kevin Brian Dowling, Pennsylvania
- "The Visitor" by Kevin Brian Dowling, Pennsylvania
- "Doing Time" by Marcus in Georgia
- "The Book Is Still Open" by Marcus in Georgia
- "Untitled" by Michael Worthington, Missouri
- "Fresh Air" by Perry Allen Austin, Texas
- "A Mother's Love" by Perry Allen Austin, Texas
- "Music" by Perry Allen Austin, Texas
- "My Concrete Box" by Perry Allen Austin, Texas
- "One Long Day" by Perry Allen Austin, Texas
- "Overcoming Solitary Confinement" by Pete Russell, Texas
- "What A Penfriend Means" by Shannon
- "My True Story" by Tony
- "Who's To Blame??" by Ward
Please note: all prisoners' work is copyrighted. If you wish to copy any work, please ask by contacting us
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