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.

Human Writes Conference Saturday 6th October 2018

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Our annual conference this year will be held at the Royal National Hotel, London. Our keynote speaker will be Sabrina Butler-Smith, one of only two women exonerated from Death Row in the United States. Other speakers will include Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, forensic psychiatrist Dr Pablo Stewart, who specialises in all phases of capital litigation, and Nicola White, Founder of ArtReach.

The conference is open to members and non-members of Human Writes. Further details and an application form for the event can be obtained from our main enquiry email address Please mark your email 'Conference Enquiry'.


Prisoners' Art
Howard Ault
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 : "Julian is the most wonderful person I have ever had as a penfriend and I am really grateful that you brought us together. He is trying to teach me your English cricket – what a bewildering game it is!"

In Memoriam

> View In Memoriam for 2009
> View In Memoriam for 2010
> View In Memoriam for 2011
> View In Memoriam for 2012
> View In Memoriam for 2013
> View In Memoriam for 2014
> View In Memoriam for 2015
> View In Memoriam for 2016
> View In Memoriam for 2017

Prisoners executed in the United States in 2016

Name US State Date of Execution
Oscar Ray Bolin Florida January 7 2016
Richard Masterson Texas January 20 2016
Christopher Brooks Alabama January 21 2016
James Freeman Texas January 27 2016
Brandon Astor Jones Georgia February 3 2016
Gustavo Garcia Texas February 16 2016
Travis Hittson Georgia February 17 2016
Coy Wesbrook Texas March 9 2016
Adam Ward Texas March 22 2016
Joshua Bishop Georgia March 31 2016
Pablo Vasquez Texas April 6 2016
Kenneth Fults Georgia April 12 2016
Daniel Lucas Georgia April 27 2016
Earl Forrest Missouri May 11 2016
John Conner Georgia July 15 2016
Barney Fuller Texas October 5 2016
Gregory Lawler Georgia October 19 2016
Steven Spears Georgia November 16 2016
William Sallie Georgia December 6 2016
Ronald Smith Alabama December 8 2016


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