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"...The government tries to instill
hatred, distrust and indifference in the public through the media.
Very often, most people do not even think about
the lonely and completely abandoned persons
behind bars... we are sort of like;
·out of sight, out of mind. Truthfully, we are real people with
hopes, fears and feelings. Yes, most of us have made grave mistakes and
some are guilty...
However, contrary to what the establishment would have the public
believe, some of us are
actually innocent!! The bottom-line
is, we all are Human Beings! "
- James Heard, Death
Row, San Quentin
Andre Alexander - San
Andre is a 47 year old
father on death row at San Quentin. Please visit his page for
his essay on the Clinton debacle and the justice system, and examples
his artwork. Watch this page for much more information on his case to
Rosie Alfaro, Sentenced To Die
At 18 Years Old
Rosie has been a death row
inmate for 8 years now, since she was 18 years old. She is on
death row in California, and currently resides at California Institute
For Women. Her page includes her pen pal request. Please
take a moment to click the button above to vote for Rosie's site.
James Anderson - Acclaimed
Death Row Artist Needs Urgent Medical Care
A collection of documents,
letters, and articles relating to James Anderson's art, case,
inadequate legal representation, and his urgent medical
condition. His page includes some examples of his
wonderful artwork. James asks that you please help by writing to demand he receive needed
Thomas Battle - Death Row
includes his Thomas Battle
is a young man relatively new to Death Row. He is seeking
friends, his page includes his penpal request and poetry.
Chay'im Ben-Sholom /
Marshall, Death Row, San Quentin
Chay' im is 33 years old,
and a California Death Row inmate. The photo here is taken from
his time in the US army in 1983. He is currently working on a
theology major from San Quentin, being offered by Patten College of Oakland,
CA. His page includes his photo album with many pictures of
Chay'im and his friends and family, and his pen pal request. His page
includes many examples of his artwork, including original characters as
more familiar ones !
John G. Brown - Art from Death
" This case has been
retried in 1999 and I have been found guilty again and am again on
Death Row having been re-sentenced to death for a crime I didn't
commit." Visit his webpage for his pen pal request and his
artwork. "His pictures are colored pencil drawings depicting little
nurses, little doctors, a little party as well as a little child
petting an animal I believe."-(From his cousin)
Andre Burton - A Message To
Society From San Quentin
Read Andre's Composition
"A Message To Society" which he writes from San Quentin's Death
Row. He writes of his opinions of society, families, the US
prison system, and his religious convictions. He asks that
you copy and
distribute his message to church, school and youth groups
Cain - Memories From The Dust, Death Row San Quentin
Tracy Cain was raised in
Los Angeles and spent several years living in Arizona. He has
been on Death Row for ten years where he has developed deep aspirations
in becoming a writer. Now, 35, Cain seeks with his writings to
enlighten youth struggling with the realities of the urban
jungle. At present he is actively pursuing courses in English and
History. His page
includes writings, including one in which he writes of the death of his
mother and brother in Jonestown, Guyana (Jim Jones)
Steve Champion (Adisa Akanni
Kamara) - California
Steve A. Champion,
now Adisa Akanni Kamara, is a Death Row prisoner at San Quentin prison.
He was raised in "South
Central" Los Angeles. A former "Crip" gang member, he's been
incarcerated since the age of 18. He is conversant in Philosophy,
Political Science, Economics, Revolutionary Ideology,
Comparative Religion, and African History. Champion received an
Honorary Mention in the 1995 Pen Prison writing contest for his short
story entitled "Escort".
Kenneth Clair - Death Row,
"With the passing of
each day, I may be one day closer to the end of my life on this planet
we call earth. So at this most important time in my life, I've
decided that I would like to make some new friends." Visit
webpage for his photos and pen pal request.
William Clark - Shocking But
William Clark is a San
Quentin, California death row inmate who insists that he is
innocent. His page includes a lengthy essay by William on case
against him, charging and detailing issues of prosecutorial and police
misconduct. He's putting out a call to activists to get involved,
to write him, and to contribute to his defense.
H. J. Coddington - Artwork
Available from San Quentin's Death Row
Visit his page to
read his essay and view examples of his artwork. Mr. Coddington will
also create art to order, contact him directly for purchase information... "
I was an author of gambling 'how to' books and professional "21"
card counter and poker player. I played in casinos worldwide."
Scott Collins - On
California's Death Row at San Quentin
Collins is a California death row prisoner of Irish ancestry. He
is trying to petition the Irish government for assistance. His
page includes his writings, "Irish Thoughts From An American Death
Row", and "Justice American Style." He is 30 years old and
has been on death row since 1993.
Kevin Cooper -
Innocent on California's Death Row ?
"...Josh Ryen, sole survivor of the attack, has always maintained that
three white or Hispanic men killed his family. Josh and his grandmother
have supported Kevin Cooper's defense team and question Kevin's guilt."
Visit his CCADP page, for links to his official homepage and
more information on his case and wrongful conviction.
Glenn Cornwell - Writings
From Death Row, San Quentin
Glenn is an excellent and
proficient writer on death row in San Quentin. We are proud to
present some of his wonderful writings on this page. Many more to
come! He is also the proud father of a daughter now in her 20's.
Christopher Crew - Death Row, San Quentin, California
Mark is a death row inmate
at California's San Quentin Prison who just turned 45 years old on
1999. " I've been incarcerated almost 17 years, the
last 8 of that on Death Row." Mark's webpage includes his
pen-pal request as well as some of his artwork.
Armenia Levi Cudjo Jr. -
Writings from San Quentin Prison, California
Armenia Cudjo has
been on California's death row since June 6, 1989 - condemned to death
for a crime he claims he did not commit ! The primary
of most Armenia's essays are arguments against capital punishment. He
also writes about civil rights issues. His page currently
features an essay
entitled : Capital Punishment - A Journey of Death For 4000 Years -
writings to come soon . . .
Al Cunningham - Writings from
San Quentin's Death Row
Al Cunningham is a San
Quentin death row prisoner. His page includes a collection of his
essays, including Surviving, Black Imprisonment, and Tide Turning
Against the Death Penalty, as well as contact information.
Richard Allen Davis- San
Quentin's Death Row, California
Richard was convicted a
high profile killing in California. The case garnered
international attention. Richard writes, "I
no complaints about my due, as you can see by my photo, I have lived a
life inside the walls, it is almost as though this is "home sweet
sad but true. The most often thought that I do have, is wondering
if for someone such as myself, can one ever fall back in love with life
again, for myself, I feel that I do not have that right, or even the
spent considering such a thought. " His page includes his
letter, pen pal request, legal disclaimer, as well as many examples of
his handcrafted work.
Keith Doolin - Innocent on
Death Row in California
Zon Doolin is a death row prisoner in California. His page
includes extensive case information, evidence, information from his
attorney, several family photographs, and a link to his official
homepage, maintained by his mother.
Robert Edwards - Death Row,
Robert Edwards is
a 40 year old California prisoner, on death row for the past 5 years.
"...I am looking for
someone to be my eyes and ears to the outside world. Someone to
help me hold onto my sanity through their friendship when I
struggle. And vice versa... " His webpage includes his poetry,
short story "Down and Out.", pen pal request and photos.
Michael Flinner - Death
Michael Flinner has been on death row since Nov 2003; after
being convicted of involvement in the 2000 murder of his
gilfriend. In his words -
my case, the prosecutor used the testimony of jailhouse and paid
informants. They certainly are not beneath coercing witnesses to
manufacture evidence. In fact, they will do whatever is necessary to
win a case. They are not remotely interested in justice, only
Daniel Frederickson -
Help For Legal Education Needed - California
is a 36 year old Native American who has been on death row for two
years. He defended himself in propria persona during his
trial. He is currently seeking assistance from people willing to
assist him in continuing his legal education. More information on
Frye - Death Row, California
Frye has been on California's death row since 1988. His page
includes a lengthy letter from Jerry, case information, photos, legal
contact information. In his words, "There is a truck load of
things I haven't mentioned. The main thing is that I never had a fair
trial or anything, thanks to the local idiots in Amador County CA, and
this sorry state system."
Richard Gamache - Refuse To
"Given my set of
circumstances that may seem excessively optimistic. But, just because I
am condemned to death doesn't mean I have to stop living." Visit
his webpage for more information
and his pen pal request.
Randy Garcia - California
Randy was born in
1970 and has been on death row since 1995. His page includes
several photos, poetry, and Randy's pen pal request.
Raymond Gurule-Poetry From
San Quentins' Death Row
Raymond A. Gurule
( "Apache"), is 40 years old and has been on Death Row in San Quentin,
California for 18 years. He is a Native American from the White
Mountain Apache Tribe. He is an accomplished artist and
we have put up two of his poems online to share with you. We hope
to add more in the future. Raymond has little contact with
outside world. This is his web debut and he would much appreciate
any letters or cards. Financial assistance would be greatly
appreciated. PLEASE HELP !
Cedric Harrison - San
Quentin State Prison
Cedric has been on death
row in San Quentin for a 1987 murder he was accused of based on a
statement given to police by someone who never even came to court to
testify. Cedric is asking for a new trial and calls his trial a
travesty of justice. His page includes an essay on the death
Carlos Hawthorne - (Jamal
Fahim Hassan) Poetry
Carlos is 22 years old,
and writes poetry from death row at San Quentin. Carlos
says of himself: "I've made monumental mistakes on my journey called
life. I am striving to repent to God in changing my
behavior done in ignorance with a new attitude and practice
conciousness God fearing, affectionate and considerate" He'd like
you to take a moment to read his poems and pen pal request.
James Heard - San Quentin,
Writing From Behind The Walls
James Heard is a San
Quentin death row inmate searching for his Birth
Parents ! In James' words - "The government tries to
instill hatred, distrust and indifference in the public through
the media. Very often,
most people do not even think about the lonely andcompletely
persons behind bars...Truthfully, we are real people with hopes,fears
and feelings. Yes, most of us have made grave mistakes and
some are guilty...However, contrary to what the
establishment would have the public believe,
some of usare actually innocent... the bottom line is
we all are Human Beings!" His page includes his complete letter,
as well as lots of poetry and some other photos.
Kiongozi R. Jones Sr. - His
outcry is for help
"I am an innocent
man on death row, he cries out, being a victim of social injustice and
for which I am in chains is that I pray someone will hear my cry for
and come forth as an angel. In my quest for justice and
freedom." Visit Kiongozi's webpage for more information on his
case, his pen pal
request and his award by a member of congress July 15, 1995 before his
Randy Kraft - Death Row,
Kraft is a California death row prisoner accused of a series of
murders. He was a computer programmer at one time, and has been
on California's death row since 1989. His page currently includes
some brief information provided by Randy. In future - he will be
posting much legal and court materials. He asks that you contact his
attorney if you are interested in assisting him in his defense.
Andrew Lancaster (Mustafa
Talib) Death Row, California
is a socio - political
writer of the Islamic faith. Before his incarceration he was
involved with the Black Liberation Army in California. Many of
his writings reflect on the negative portrayal of Islam by the
US media. His page
includes an extensive collection of essays regarding Islam, society,
and world politics. The essays and ideas expressed on these pages
are Mustafa's, for comment or queries please write to the author
Darrell Lomax - Poetry
From Death Row
Darrell Lomax is a
California death row prisoner born in 1970 who has been on death row
since the mid 1990's. His page includes his penpal request, and a
series of poems and songs he has written since his arrival on death
Franklin Lynch - California
In Franklin's words :
"Although I'm not sure whether or not you're pro or anti death
penalty. I was just hoping that your perception of our judicial
allow you to empathize with my adversity and influence a positive
response. Also ! Understanding that your time is very
valuable, will you please! take another moment to read this page, with
sincere consideration ? Thank you !"
James Marlow - Death Row,
Marlow is a California death row prisoner who is on death row for a
series of killings committed along with his girlfriend at the time
Cynthia Coffman. He had previously spent time in Folsom prison
where he became known as the Folsom Wolf. His page includes his
pen pal request and poetry, as well as 'The Story of Peter,' which
takes place in Biblical times.
Lawrence McClane - Death
McClane was on death row in the state of California. Recently
resentenced) - Visit his webpage to read his poem " Friends " and see
his pen pal request. He has recently been moved from San Quentin prison
to Folsom State Prison (Sacramento) in order to attend attend upcoming
court dates for his appeal.
Joseph M. Montes III - San
Quentin's Death Row, California
Joseph Montes is 26 years
old and a California death row prisoner. His page includes a
brief testimonial of how he became a Christian while on death row,
and his pen pal request.
Charles Ng - Extradited from
Canada to Face Death in California
"Life is fleeting
and my fate is at best uncertain. Therefore I desire to hear from
new friends and reconnect with people who had touched my life and heart
in the past, but with whom I have lost touch due to circumstances
my control. " Visit Charles webpage for his pen pal request, and
how to contact him through his supporters.
Scott Peterson - Official Personal Webpage
At mail call I am encouraged by, and enjoy hearing from people. I
wish I could respond to express my gratitude, and continue to
correspond. However, people having sold my notes, and sometimes
fabricating content, preclude me from doing so. It is an
irritating, unfortunate situation." Visit Scott's webpage for his
comments, legal documents and links to more websites about his case.
Christopher E Poore -
Innocent Man On Death Row ?
convicted and facing death at the hands of the state of California,
this plight did not come without a cause. My name is Christopher
Poore. Palm Springs,
November 1999 - a dangerous distributor of illicit drugs to minors is
killed. Although certainly not one of humanity's better examples, all
human life has value. While my concience is clear, this state still
seeks to end mine. Drug
addicts themselves, the victims roomates perjured testimomy resulted in
a first degree murder conviction against me. ironically enough,
they were found in possession of the victims personal property and
vehicle after fingering me as as suspect. Although numerous contradictions between
actual testimony and physical evidence existed (at the very least
raising reasonable doubt) not only was I convicted but subsequently
sentenced to death." Page includes detailed case info and
Billy Ray Riggs Poetry From
Behind San Quentin's Walls
A collection of art and
poetry by Billy Ray Riggs, 51 year old San Quentin inmate.
Please also read his request for penpals. Billy Ray Riggs says
he wishes to change the perception people have of incarcerated men.
James Robinson-Live Life
Moral And Intellectual Courage
James is currently
researching and writing a novel from San Quentins death row.
Information on his case will be coming soon, for now we have posted a
words from James. James desperately needs a
typewriter to assist him in getting his works ready to submit to a
contact James or the CCADP !
Glen Rogers - Sentenced to
in Florida, and California
Rogers was sentenced to death in Florida in 1997. Just days later
he was sentenced to death for seperate charges in California.
Charges are pending in several other states. Glen's page includes
his letter, family photos, his essays on Sondra London and her forged
webpage on him, and on the justice system, legal documents regarding
the extradition to California, and letters to Glen from his attorney.
Richie Roldan - Death Row,
Roldan is a death row prisoner at San Quentin. In his words, "Is
there anyone out there who wants to know what's really going on in the
concentration camp of California's death row ? And how one comes
to be in such a hell. An innocent man's plight and
adversity through a brutal and corrupt system that breaks the will of
strongest of men." His page includes his poetry and pen pal
Sattlewhite - Essays From Death Row
Christopher's page includes writings on the US justice / prison
system; request for books and learning materials; and his penpal
Seaton - Art From Death Row in California
is 53 years old and a San Quentin death row prisoner. He is also
an artist. His page includes some photos, several examples of his
artwork, and his pen pal request.
Gregory Smith : The
Gregory Smith is a
talented writer writing from San Quentin's death row, also seeking
he hopes that you
will take a moment to read his short story "The Challenge," about a
basketball game taking place at San Quentin between prisoners.
Gregory Tate - Fiction And
Commentary From California Death Row
Tate is an African American man on death row in California. His
page includes his writings, including "Fantasy," "The Neglected
Woman," and "The Visit." More of his writings to
come, so check back and watch this space.
Mark Thornton - Death Row,
Mark Scott Thornton is a
death row inmate at California's San Quentin Prison. Mark has been
incarcerated since October
1993 and came to death row May 15, 1995. His webpage
includes photo's of Mark, a sample of some of his original artwork as
well as a pen-pal request seeking support.
Richard Tully - Artist On
California's Death Row
Tully is a talented painter on Death Row in California. His page
includes his writings, as well as many examples of his paintings, which
you can purchase. In his words, "Rather than asking for a hand
out, I am hoping for a helping hand up... I also do pet portraits as
well as portraits of home, businesses, etc." Please visit his
page and check out his beautiful artwork.
Melvin Turner - San Quentin's
Death Row, Greeting Cards and Calenders
Melvin Turner is a death
row prisoner in San Quentin, California. He has been on death row
since 1980. He has created a copyrighted line of greeting cards
and calendars (both inspirational, and 'adults only,') which are
available for sale to aid in his defense fund. Page includes
photos of Melvin and his calenders, a letter from Melvin, and more.
Ward Weaver - Death Row - San
"I am on death row at San
Quentin Prison and have been using my time to develop my desire to be
a writer and currently
have several novels that I am pursuing to get published
so that I can leave behind a legacy, my name in published print." Visit Ward's webpage
for his writing "Who's to Blame", Ward's pen pal request and photo, as
well as links to other pages.
Bob R. Williams Jr. - Death
Row San Quentin, California
Williams Jr. is a San Quentin death row prisoner. His page
includes some examples of his art work, a biography, and some of his
poetry, as well as his pen pal request.
Andreau G. Wilson - Death
San Quentin, California
"I am interested in pen
pal friends thats willing to talk universal when it comes to religion
study Al -
Islam as I am Ali Mosheikh Bey, Buddhism as I am Wu El Kowtow,
as I am Minister Dremo, Hinduism as I am Gurudeva Kriya Indra, Judaism as I
am Roi Jahdeel." Visit his page for details.
Pen Pal Requests From California's Death Row
The Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty has received the
following requests for pen pals from California death row prisoners.
Contact The Governor
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Executed California Prisoners
"...Jaturun's life. As difficult as it may be for our Roman-based,
Judaeo-Christian culture to comprehend, Jaturun's Buddhist beliefs
prevent him from acting as a witness against the actual perpetrator of
That is -- from a Buddhist perceptive -- if Jaturun cooperated as
a witness for the state
he would be morally responsible for the
perpetrator's suffering and death,
should (s)he be imprisoned and/executed.
From Jaturn Siripongs
page -' A Buddhist Monk: The Annointed One'
Executed By Lethal Injection
Siripongs - Executed February 9, 1999 in San Quentin, California
Thai citizen and devout
Buddhist Jaturun Siripongs was executed at San Quentin, CA on February
9th. Mr Siripongs had gathered much support, including the
support of San Quentin's former warden, guards, the husband of one of
the victims, and the Government of Thailand. Jaturun (Jay)
Siripongs admitted to being at the crime, but insisted he was not the
killer. Jay was a prolific artist who used his
time on death row to create over 700 beautiful paintings, most of which
he gave away as
gifts to friends and attorneys. Visit Jaturn's webpage to
view some of his artwork, news about his case, photo's and more...
Carter died of a heart attack on August 21st, 2001 in his cell.
Frank Dean Carter - A Prolific
Poet In San Quentin
Frank had a
poem published by Quill Books in the book "Promise To Keep." Here
is a collection of poems that Frank has sent us to be placed online,
please take a moment to read them. We will be placing many, many more of his poems
online soon, so please keep checking back for more on a regular basis.
Other Executed California Death Row Prisoners: News / Pages
Thomas Thompson - ACLU op-ed
The Execution of Thomas
Thompson Raises Difficult Questions about the Death Penalty, By Dorothy
Ehrlich, ACLU-NC Executive Director. Date Posted: 7/25/98. Aired as a
KQED Perspective - July 23, 98.
Other Links to California Death Row Resources
Other California Death Row Prisoners Pages / Pen Pals
Caro - Fernando Eros Caro Defense Committee
From humanrights.de is
this site for Fernando, a native American on California's death row.
Page includes a letter
from Fernando detailing current events surrounding his appeals,
on how you can help, and
contact information at San Quentin.
Also see: Stop the
Execution of Native American on death row - More on Fernando Caro
Man Talking by Dean Carter
of the first ever death row prisoner sites online. Dean is
currrently an inmate at San Quentin Prison in California and is
awaiting his fate on "Death Row". His page includes his writings on
what it is like as you wait to die.
Justice For Scott Peterson - Scott
Peterson Support Page
Injustice, the trial with the media circus and runaway jury."
Supporters of Scott Peterson have set up this extensive web site
with another view on
the media frenzied Peterson case.
List of California Death Row Penpals
From Inside - California Death Row Penpals
California Anti-Death Penalty Organizations / Advocates
Focus Of California
California Campaign to
the Death Penalty
International's California Death Penalty Team
California People of
Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
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