Post 3: Why do I write to someone on Death Row?

This post has been written by one of David’s friends who helps to run this Blog.

As well as discussing David’s experiences of the American judicial system and capital punishment, we hope to humanise the debate surrounding the death penalty and those who live on it. This is the first post from one of David’s friends which we hope offers an additional and alternative insight into David and the type of people that find themselves on death row – real people with family, friends and loved ones.

Why do I write to someone on Death Row?

I don’t. I write to my friend David.

You see, you wouldn’t say “I write to someone who lives in a bungalow” or “I write to someone whose flat is on the 6th floor”. The Row is where David lives. Where, as he said in his last blog post, he wakes up every morning determined to do something positive with the day. And, for me, when he’s writing to me or thinking about me, it’s overwhelmingly positive.

David encourages me to talk to him about my son, who died. He calls me out about working too hard. He’s just started a campaign to get me to stop smoking, because that’s what friends do.

I don’t know you, or why you are reading this blog. In fact, it would be great to know why, and what you want from it, (we’re really keen to hear from people reading this). But David’s blog team – his friends – know why we’re writing it. We’re not do-gooders. Or naïve. We’re terribly aware of our privilege, sitting in comfortable homes in the UK, writing when we feel like it. But we’ve got to know the person behind the label – the many labels – and we’d like you to as well.

There are many directions this blog can go in. The details of everyday life. The issues around legal representation for people on the Row. We’d like to know what you would like to hear more on, chat about and discuss?

But to begin with, my aim is to introduce you to my friend, just like I would at a party or if I bumped into you in the store.

What I know about David…

  1. David hates cigarettes.
  2. Is getting to like dogs (or maybe only my dog?!)
  3. David reads a lot.
  4. Loves reggae.
  5. Plays basketball really well.
  6. Supports a soccer team (luckily, the same one as me!).
  7. He keeps in really good touch with his ex-girlfriend.
  8. His handwriting is way neater than mine.
  9. He loves lions.
  10. David challenges me when I’m judgemental.
  11. He doesn’t quite get Brexit (who does?) but keeps really informed about politics on both sides of the pond.

Most importantly, he’s my friend.

3 thoughts on “Post 3: Why do I write to someone on Death Row?

  1. Good morning all,

    My names Jo and I am also a friend of David’s and from the UK. I write to David because he is a person, not because I want to find out about Death Row, I am not a journalist! We talk about so much more. I don’t ask questions of his offence because that’s not what I started writing for. I love to make new friends and find out what makes them tick. Weirdly enough David and myself have so much in common, he shows a lot of interest in my life which is what a lot of people lack nowadays. I feel I can talk to him about almost anything and if it’s something new he’s always willing to learn more about it. Again to me he’s a good friend that lives across the world, and I’m glad he is in my life.

    Thank you for helping David start up this blog!

    Much Love


    1. Hi Jo

      Thank you so much for contributing and leaving such a great message. It’s really important we highlight that people are people and shouldn’t just be defined by where they are. You’ve certainly added to us doing that :).

      Please do let us know if you would like to write a post for the blog xxx


  2. What Jo said!

    I’m also a friend who writes David once in a while from Holland.
    This blog reminds me to do it more often!

    Love Sophie


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