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
Roberto
 
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."
 

Art and Writing From Death Row

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A Poem By Chris

From Glad To Sad

It's so strange my mood flames then it will change a mind boggling game from sad to glad, smiling then frowning, on day I'm clowning the next day emotions drowning.

It's a shame but I'm to blame considered lame filled up with fame, then I'm sad again. Much like a roller coaster ride snatching my pride when will the dead rise.

She'll blush then fuss I'll switch to acting stiff. Why can't me & my Miss be one why Chris? From happy to mad pleasant to rad taught by my dad, sad cuz mamma never had a mother to mother her with love's cover like blood brothers clinging to one another.

Highs then lows, yes then no, yeah I know I suffered from a swift blow am now sitting on Death Row.

When pleasure is taken over by depression it's hard to measure how much I been stressing. What makes you laugh will make you cry, feeling the sun's wrath before I die.

Eye for an eye. Ups and downs. Heart beat stops to pound. Remembering then trembling a smile assembling.

Joy isn't a toy to be compared with a void in a room destined for doom remembering the bloom the sinking when thinking of future gloom.

Christopher Henriquez, California





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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