LifeLines supports and befriends prisoners on Death Row throughout the United States, through letter writing. It is the first established organisation of its kind, and has spread both nationally and internationally, with members all over the world.
History of Lifelines
LifeLines began in 1988 when its founder Jan Arriens watched the BBC documentary Fourteen Days in May. Jan was so moved by the words of the condemned prisoners who were interviewed, and by the dignity of the man who was to be executed, Edward Earl Johnson, that he wrote to three of the prisoners. They all replied, saying how much his letter had meant to them and how pleased they were to have their voices heard beyond the prison walls. We are delighted to have the renowned human rights lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith O.B.E., as our patron.
Find out more at www.lifelines-uk.org.uk