Death Row Support Project

“Everybody on death row needs someone at their side.”—Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ

A person confined to death row often spends up to 23 hours each day alone in a small cell—for years and sometimes decades.

Letters can bring a ray of hope to the darkness of death row.

For those on the outside, learning to know just one prisoner can dispel some of the misconceptions and fears about prisons and the people locked away inside of them.

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Rodney Reed and Texas

"He Became our Friend"

Report from the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference

A Visit to Death Row

Prisons kick chaplains out of execution chamber

Updates from DRSP Director Rachel Gross and a pen pal's poem

Report on Christmas card project

Christmas greetings

Interview with Florida death row prisoner Fahiym Abdul Ghaniy

Washington state abolishes death penalty; invitation to send holiday cards

Important information for those writing to prisoners in PA; the death penalty in the media

State Updates: Nebraska, Texas, Louisiana; The Catholic Church — Pope Francis views on Capital Punishment

Katie shares thoughts on pen pal that was executed

Email comes to Florida prisons; Sending Snail mail to prisons; Information about executions

State Updates: Utah, New Hampshire, Alabama, Arizona, Florida; report from pen pal that was granted clemency

Jay DePoy addresses separating the death row pen pal as a person from their crime as he shares his story

Death Penalty in the News; Norway’s approach to “Breaking the Cycle”, Compassionate rehabilitation over punishment makes for safer communities; Acts of Kindness — Oklahoma Death Row Prison inmates give care packages to others; Barnes and Noble

Volunteer Staff and way of helping

Views on Death Penalty

Reasons for Opposition to the Death Penalty; Ways to Share Views with Governor Scott in Florida

State Updates: News of stay of execution in Missouri because of lack of physical evidence, Arizona Case may be heard by Supreme Court; pen pal shares thoughts

Pen pal news, Death Penalty News — Ohio and Florida resume executions, Church of the Brethren position on Death Penalty

State Updates: Florida — Governor Scott vs. state attorney Ayala positions go to court, Virginia — Execution of mentally ill prisoner scheduled; volunteer, Lois Good, introduced

State Updates: Arkansas, Alabama, snapshot of four recently inmates executed in Arkansas

Arkansas scheduled executions, Florida’s first black state attorney standing against capital punishment, update from DRSP Director, Rachel Gross

New Netflix documentary, 13th, about indictment of mass incarceration and American prison system, American Nurses Association views of capital punishment

Downward trend in executions and death penalty sentencing, setbacks in Oklahoma, Nebraska, California, specific good news in various states, books, movements and national media attention shaping views on capital punishment