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."

Art and Writing From Death Row

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A Poem By Carl Buntion, Texas

One Of Those Days

Ever wake up and realise you're late for work?
The boss is going to kill me, he's such a jerk!
I'm late by an hour, there's no time to shower,
I'd like to wipe that face of his silly smirk.
Talk about being forgetful, just look at this,
Coffee pot is unplugged, now I am getting hissed.
I dress then boot my feet, burn rubber down the street,
But I get that feeling there's something I've missed.

Would you look at that, traffic is moving just fine.
One day I'll be the boss, then I can sleep till nine.
It won't do any harm to check that clock's alarm,
Those twelve-hour work days leave no time to unwind.
Did I bring in the dog and put out the cat?
I tell you man, on days like this my brain is flat.
If I hit the lotto, I would leave this grotto
And fly away from here like a hell out of bat.

That old foreman of mine's as crooked as a snake,
And that grill of his looks like my old rusty rake.
Would you look at that, I forgot my new hard hat.
Guess what you fool? Today your head's gonna bake.
I see kids skipping school, hanging out in the park.
They will end up dumb like me, and working till dark.
Packed shopping centres now - on Friday morning? Wow,
Must be a grand opening? Maybe just a lark.

Headache, heartache, backache and running just on fumes.
So hungry I could eat dirt, or even legumes.
A pot roast sounds fine, a cheeseburger divine.
I forgot my lunchbox, I've nothing to consume.
Only one more block then I start to earn my pay.
Work, work, work, work I can hear that slave master say.
But wait, something's wrong, empty parking lot - wrong.
And that sign on the fence reads 'Closed on Saturdays'.

Who the heck stole Friday?
You ever have one of those days?

Carl Buntion, Texas

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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