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 : "I thanked God this morning for the lovely People in my life and for the overflowing gift of love that is in my heart for you and my penfriends. It's a very far step from the heart of ill emotions that I used to have years ago."

Art and Writing From Death Row

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A Poem By Daniel

River of Tears

I feel and observe the wasted years,

At night the cries and the River of Tears.

Steel bars and cold grey walls,

In our sleep the river calls.


Fatherless children, widowed brides.

The River of Tears is there to oblige.

Cell after cell, row upon row

Each with a story, continues the flow.


Alone, hopeless and filled with fear

There's room in the river, you'll fit in here.

The final walk .... the stilled, silent scream.

The River of Tears was only a dream.



Affection in my day and age,

Has no limit when it comes to you.

I plunge into the world of happiness,

Where our passion cannot be construed.


You possess a type of love.

That you discose before me tenderly:

Your matchless disposition and methods of intimacy,

Create nothing but complete harmony.


Your responses to my pleas,

Are beyond extraordinaire.

As I come to you, heart in hand,

Proving that I truly care.


Could you handle me as your genie,

If I were to grant you three special wishes?

And what would you do or say to me,

If I gave you a basketful of kisses?


There is a pain in my heart, That only you can cure.

The special moments in our relationship,

Causes us to expand excessively pure.

I have an immediate concern,

Regarding your most sensual wellbeing.


Your eyes are the windows to your soul,

And not only just for seeing.

Because time passes by so quickly,

I haven't obtained the opportunity to respond.

I can't restrain myself or my train of thought,

Since it is over you that I've grown extremely fond.


Daniel Hittle, Texas Death Row 1999 (Executed December 2000)

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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