When people from inside and outside of prison walls meet, it is an encounter of a special kind.
Here members, their penpals or other interesting people share their experiences.
1. Pen pal-
Peace to you
This document is a collection of texts around the story of Robert Power/Casper on death row in Florida. Casper wants to apologize to his victims, many of them being rape victims. His Swiss pen pal and friend tries to help him get his apology out. When Casper writes his biography, dealing with the details of his crimes becomes one of the biggest challenges Ines has ever faced. After Casper dies of cancer, she meets one of the rape victims who has forgiven him.
The brochure contains dialogues with Casper, his handwritten apology, an interview with his rape victim and other texts. The preface is written by Bill Pelke, the president of Journey of Hope.
English, Version of May 14th 2015, by Ines Aubert
Name and Number?
Letter from Robert Pruett from Texas death row to lifespark.
English, November 2014, by Ines Aubert
Our own murky sides
Thought provoking interview with Ursula Rossel about pen pal-
English, September 2014, by Ines Aubert
Interviews with members who joined lifespark only after writing to an inmate that they didn't find through lifespark
Seven lifespark members in different countries answer questions about their membership in lifespark
English, August 2014, by Ines Aubert
A piece of normality
The story about a penpalship between a Anna-
Being a young pen pal
Interviews with members who started a pen pal-
English, September 2012, by Elisabeth Deutscher
Life is like a box of chocolates
English, August 2012, Sabine Townshend
lifespark members and their pen pals on death row write about their pen pal-
English, October 2011
Une autre facette
French, November 2008, by Monique Amstutz
Même condamnés à mort, ce sont des humains derrière les barreaux
French, November 2006, by Delphine Rey
Meine Brieffreundschaft mit Leroy Bockover im Potosi Gefängnis in Missouri
German, May 2006, by Ines Aubert
1. Teil: August 2003: Der erste Besuch
2. Teil: Mai 2006: Die Fortsetzung
3. Teil: Mai 2006: Ein Interview mit Leroy
My penpalship with Leroy Bockover in Potosi, Missouri
English, May 2006, by Ines Aubert
Part 1: August 2003: The first visit
Part 2: May 2006: The story goes on
Part 3: May 2006: Interview with Leroy
I would like to share my thoughts...
English, by Sam Bustamante, Polunsky Unit, Texas, October 2005
Correspondre avec un condamné à mort
Correspondre avec un condamné à mort est à la fois la plus belle et la plus douloureuse expérience que puisse vivre celui ou celle qui, armé (e) d'une simple plume, décide un jour de pénétrer cet endroit aussi impénétrable que sordide qu'est le Couloir de la Mort.
French, by Danièle Dagand, November 2003
2. Life on the row:
Interview with an inmate who is no longer on death row about prison gangs
English, Interview with J. in Texas, February 2015, by Ines Aubert
I will not candy coat this to you...
English, Sam Bustamante, #999380, Texas death row, February 2007
English, Marcus A. Wellons, #314289, Jackson, GA, February 2007, submitted by Ursula Rossel
Introduction to Death Row
English, Gary Simmons, Parchman, Mississippi, submitted by Eva Müller
English, Lenard Philmore, Florida Death Row -
The new fish and the strong man
English, Victor Stephens, death row Atmore, AL, July 2007
A few questions...
English, Son Tran, Texas Death Row, October 2003
My visit with Raymond
English, by Anne-
John est en Floride; je vis en France
French, by Mariam Brûlon, 2014
A Great Day
English, by Marcus A. Wellons, #314289, Jackson, GA, February 2007, submitted by Ursula Rossel
Besuchssituation im U.C.I. in Raiford, Florida
German, by Katrin Heitzer, Juni 2007
Visitation Situation in the U.C.I. in Raiford, Florida
English, by Katrin Heitzer, June 2007
My visit to Lonnie:
English, by Anne-
Une visite dans le couloir de la mort
French, by Gisèle Francey, 2005
An extraordinary experience
English, by Dlphine Rey, October 2004
Une expérience extraordinaire
French, by Delphine Rey, octobre 2004
Ma première visite à 'Polunsky Unit'
French, by Christiane Bitz, May 2003
My first visit ever at Polunsky Unit
The text presents extracts of lifespark member Christiane Bitz's diary, when she travelled for the first time ever to the USA. The trip took her to Polunksy Unit, Livingston, Texas to visit her pen-
English, by Christiane Bitz, May 2003
Talk about the topic execution with Robert Pruett on death row in Texas
English, by Ines Aubert and Robert Pruett, July 2014
Dialogue with Lilia Allemann
Lilia served as spiritual counselor to her penpal when he was executed.
English, by Ines Aubert, January 2014
Interview with Gabi Uhl
Gabi Uhl is an anti-
English, by Ines Aubert, June 2009
Interview with José Moreno
José Morena received a stay three hours before his execution.
English, by Ines Aubert, June 2009
Lettre à mon ami Roberto
J’ai entre les mains la dernière lettre que je recevrai de toi.
French, by Janine Cerri, March 2006
A Journey to Solace
José A. Moreno wrote this article after coming as close as three hours to his execution. This horrifying experience has changed him completely: "The person that went to the Walls Unit is not the same person that came back..."
English, by José Angel Moreno, Texas Death Row – September 2007, submitted by Hari Ammeter
Kevin Zimmerman, Texas death row prisoner no. 000977, wrote the following text after having received a stay of execution 15 minutes before execution time. The stay was cancelled a few days later and Kevin got executed on January 21, 2004, abruptly stopping a long time pen pal-
English, by Kevin Zimmerman, December 2003
5. Victims and forgiveness:
A text by Robert Pruett on death row in Texas about forgiving his father.
English, submitted by Ines Aubert, June 2014
Talk with Jake Yarbrough -
A talk with the son of the victim in the case of Robert Pruett.
English, Ines Aubert, September 2013
Interview with Debbie
An interview with Robert Power's rape victim who has forgiven him.
English, Ines Aubert, February 2011
The big challenge
A talk with Robert Power on death row in Florida who wants to apologize to his victims.
English, Ines Aubert, October 2010
English, October 2010
English, June 2010
"It was a healing process for both of us"
An interview with Rodney Bowser, who forgave his sister’s murderer.
English, by Ines Aubert, June 2007
An interview with Bill Pelke, founder of the Journey of Hope
English, by Ines Aubert, February 2007
The Hawk and the Dove.
English, collected and set up by Ines Aubert, November 2016
A collection of texts talking of our opinion about the death penalty, death row and death row prisoners. The collection can be completed by texts of people who want to share their opinion about the death penalty. You are invited to come up with a contribution as well (find guidelines here). "It’s good that we can listen to each other" were the words of Jeff in a long talk with Ines. This should be our slogan when reading this collection.
Capture. A poem.
English, by Larry Rush, Pennsylvania Death Row – May 2009 – submitted by Sister Anne-
Lifespark 15th Anniversary Quilt Project
English, by Isabelle Delèze, November 2008
It is never enough
English, by Patricia N. Wernert, women’s prison Ohio, December 2007, submitted by Susanne Moses
Love is not blind. A poem.
English, by Ulysses Sneed, Alabama Death Row, December 2007, submitted by Anne-
My name is Patricia -
English, by Patricia N. Wernert, women’s prison Marysville OH, Spring 2007, submitted by Susanne Moses
How an embarrassing case becomes a godsend for justice in Texas
English, by Jacqueline Mellana, April 2006
Comment un cas embarrassant devient une aubaine pour la justice texane
French, by Jacqueline Mellana, 2006