Luke Templeman is the public relations spokesmen for Human Writes – a long established British non -profit humanitarian organisation founded for the purpose of befriending prisoners on Death Row in the USA.
Although based in the UK, they have members from many countries and our organisation is well known and internationally respected.
The organisation does not campaign against the death penalty, they are neutral on this debate, as its main remit is friendship through letter writing.
Human Writes is not linked to any particular political or religious groups, and because of this they have been accepted by the US prison authorities as a reputable organisation, working within the parameters of their systems, to help those in need, facing the death penalty.
Living conditions on Death Row in many states are harsh and dehumanising. It is not unusual for people to be locked up for 23 hours a day or to suffer sensory deprivation. Many of the prisoners are abandoned by their families and friends and some have no contact whatsoever with the outside world. Receiving letters can make a huge difference to their quality of life; prisoners speak of us as their sunshine or their window on the world. Above all, they value being able to have a normal conversation with someone and the feeling that someone cares.