Welcome to lifespark!


Movement against the death penalty

About lifespark

Being a Penpal

The death penalty

Number of people known to be under sentence of death worldwide at the end of 2023

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Source of statistics: Amnesty.org – Death Sentences and Executions (listed each year from 1990 to 2022)


Become a Penpal

Become a penpal with a death row prisoner in the USA

It is a special experience to write to an inmate, but not always an easy one. It can help a lot to exchange experiences with other correspondents, have access to up-to-date information and call on personal support when difficulties occur.

This is why we offer our members

  • extensive support with practical help
  • a network and regular meetings with like-minded people
  • regular updates about the death penalty in the USA
  • opportunities to get active against the death penalty
  • and much more.

Before we give out an inmate’s address, we ask you to become a member of lifespark.
We see your membership as a sign of commitment to long-term correspondence, so that the inmates have someone they can rely on. 


 “True, we are too timid and powerless to take on all the guards of all the political prisoners in the world, but in offering our solidarity to one prisoner, we denounce all the tormentors.”

- Elie Wiesel

About our non-profit organization

about us / lifespark

Find out more about us. See our mission, history and information about our board members and taskholders.

lifespark in the media

TV, radio and newspaper programs and reports featuring lifespark.

The Death Penalty in the USA

Find out about the death penalty in the USA, especially arguments for and against it. There is a lot to learn!

Contact or donate, and Members only

When you join lifespark, you get access to the members' area of the site, with all kinds of useful information about penfriendships and our organization. If you would like to donate to lifespark, please see this page.