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Life on Death Row

Contributions from US death row inmates
Contributions of Prisoners sentenced to Death in the USA

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Worldwide there are between 20,000 and 40,000 people on death row. In the United States alone, over 2,800 people were sentenced to death in 2017. Shielded from the outside world, this means mental as well as physical torture for the prisoners. Inadequate food and medical care as well as violence within institutions in some countries and states often lead to the death of inmates long before their execution. Still others commit suicide because they cannot withstand the often inhuman and unworthy conditions.

The 16th World Day against the Death Penalty, which was launched by the World Coalition Against The Death Penalty (WCADP), was dedicated to the living conditions on death row on October 10, 2018 under the motto "Human dignity for all". On the occasion of this, the Initiative against the Death Penalty e.V. collected testimonials from prisoners sentenced to death in the USA in order to give the outside world an inside view of people and places that are talked about a lot but are little known.

The members of the Initiative against the Death Penalty are aware that a large part of the prisoners on death row committed immeasurably horrific crimes, and we do not want to trivialize these facts in any way. Our sincere condolences go out to the victims and their families, and we support victim support organizations as much as we can. However, we still see in a criminal as the person whose crime alone does not make up his entire person.

Drawings by Clifford Boggess (1965-1998), Texas Death Row

There are currently between 20,000 and 40,000 people sentenced to death throughout the world. At the end of 2017, over 2,800 people were under a death sentence in the USA alone. With almost no access to the outside world, the imprisonment itself inflicts considerable physical and psychological suffering, some cases amounting to torture. In some countries, lack of sufficient nutrition or medical treatment, in addition to excessive physical force inside the prisons, results in inmates dying before execution dates have been set for them. In other cases, inmates commit suicide because they are unable to bear the inhumane circumstances.

The 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty on the 10th October 2018, initiated by the World Coalition Against The Death Penalty (WCADP), was held under the motto "Dignity For All" and is dedicated to the living conditions on death row. The German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (GCADP) collected reports for this purpose from American prisoners currently under sentence of death, in order to give the outside world an inside view of people and places. Much is recounted about this but very little of the reality is actually known.

The members of GCADP are aware of the severity of crimes that the majority of inmates on death row have committed. The fact that we advocate for the complete abolition of the death penalty worldwide does not mean in the least that we would ever trivialize any of these crimes and our condolences go out to all the victims and their relatives. Within our means, we also try to support organizations dedicated to victims. However, even a criminal is a human being and there is much more to a person than the crime for which he / she was convicted.