Changing Lives

Recently, we have been marking LifeLines’ 25th anniversary. Over that time we have put over 5,000 people in this country in touch with condemned men and women. The very first prisoner with whom I corresponded, in 1987, was a man in Mississippi called John Irving. His death sentence was later overturned and he was eventually…

On being a LifeLines co-ordinator

I have been touched recently by two letters I have received from prisoners; one from a prisoner in Indiana and the other from a prisoner in Arizona. I was co-ordinator for Indiana many years ago and this particular prisoner was in my care. His letter begins with a quote from Revd. Dr. Martin Luther King…

Friendship

I just found this quote and thought it was worth sharing. I think this works both ways – we’re not the only people holding out a hand; our friends do too. “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that…

An unexpected friendship

I joined LifeLines as I’ve always been interested in death row and the death penalty and, to be honest, because I thought it would look good on my CV, as I’m a Psychology student. I was a bit apprehensive about joining as I felt almost scared and didn’t know how ‘safe’ it was to write to…

Writing to Bob

I first heard of LifeLines from my eldest daughter just over twelve years ago now, when she came home for a few days and happened to say that she was writing to someone on death row in the USA and had been doing so for a couple of years. I must admit my first reaction…