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
Daniel Crispell
 
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

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

Prisoners' Art
Notelets for sale

Prisoners' artwork notelets available for sale.

 
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."
 

About Human Writes

Human Writes has a team of office holders managing the organisation and helping both writers and prisoners. Within this team we have State Co-ordinators for each US state that has the death penalty.

Some of our Co-ordinators have counselling experience, they are a friendly team and are expert about the rules affecting their state’s Death Row and keeping updated with events there. Throughout your membership your Co-ordinator will be your main point of contact within Human Writes and he/she will be able to give help, advice and support to both you and your penfriend. We also have trained counsellors who can be contacted at any time with any concerns you may have and they are also here to offer additional support in the event of losing a penfriend to execution.

We publish a newsletter every four months which will keep you up to date with HW news and what is happening in the various US states. It also contains other interesting things such as prisoners' artwork and writing.  You will receive two copies of the newsletter - one for you to keep and one to send to your penfriend.

Human Writes holds conferences where we invite major figures in the fight against the death penalty and people who have been released from Death Row to speak. Sometimes too members of their families may speak at these events.  Conferences, and our other less formal social events, are an excellent opportunity to meet other writers and to share your experiences.

All office holders work on a voluntary basis. Human Writes is self-supporting and our membership fees simply help to cover our central costs. 

 

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