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Executions in 2018: min. 690 plus 'thousands' in China

How can students/juveniles get involved in the fight against the death penalty?

There are lots of ways to become active as a student. For example one can choose to present a paper about the subject in one of the classes. Or one can ask the teacher if he's willing to cover the subject during classes. The students of the class could decide together what to do and if perhaps some kind of action could be started (for example writing an article for a newspaper).

More ideas how to get involved you'll find here.

How do I know if the pen pal ads are still up to date?

Pen pal ads on the pages of the German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty are being updated regularly. They only contain ads by inmates who are still looking for a pen friend.

The date of the last update is always shown at the end of the page.

How much mail does an inmate receive and how can I know if the one that I want to write to does not have too many pen pals already?

Inmates who are looking for pen friends on the pages of the German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty are definitely interested in this.

Unfortunately the German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty does not have any means to check which inmate has how many pen pals. We only know how often we have been asked for which address.

Is it a problem to write to different inmates who are in the same prison?

This depends on the person you write to. It can be without any problems at all, but there is also the possibility that it might stir up disturbance between the inmates. We recommend to write prisoners in different states, if you want to have more than one pen pal.

[Translate to Englisch:] Wie hoch sind die Portokosten?

The current prices for Standard sized letters from Germany to the USA are:

90 Cent for standard letters up to 20 grams, € 1,50 for letters weighing between 20 gr and 50 gr and € 3,70 for big letters up to 500 grams.

You can find the current postage prices for international letters on the webpage of the Deutsche Post:  Deutschen Post.

What am I allowed to send with my letter?

In some states you're only allowed to send a certain amount of pages. Also lots of states don't allow stamps, cash, stickers, metal clamps or similar things in the envelopes. The amount of photos which can be sent might also be restricted.
So before contacting an inmate you should inform yourself which regulations the state has. Often these regulations are being changed very quickly so you should ask your pen friend about them.

To make sending the first letter easier for you, we've tried to write down the most important regulations by state on the entry page of each state's pen pal ads.

Can e-mails be sent to the inmates?

Unfortunaltey it's not possible to send e-mails to the inmates since they usually can't get into internet.

An alternative could be to go through , this way you can write your letter online and it's being printed and sent off in the US. When writing letters which are up to 3 pages long, this saves you time and money for postage.

A very fast alternative is the offer by , if the prison you're writing to is part of this service. In this case you can send an e-mail to the inmate which is printed out in the mailroom of the prison and handed out to the inmate. Price is between 20 and 60 US-cent per page, depending on the state. Normally the inmate will receive the message within 48 hours, sometimes even on the same day. Unfortunately inmates can only answer by regular mail. (Exception: Ohio - here inmates can answer via E-Mail.)

What are the visiting regulations in the different states?

Information regarding this can be found on the homepages of the different prisons. But we advice you to also ask your pen friend about them.

Death Penalty world-wide

There are still 58 countries and territories which keep capital punishment in their law and carried out executions in the past 10 years, among these countries are also the USA and Japan.

We want to give you a short overview over the death penalty world-wide here.


Become involved

If you would love to do something against the death penalty but you just don’t have the time to become an active member of an organization and pen friendships have never been just the thing for you?  

There are many different ways one can become involved. We’ve collected a few ideas what can be done on these pages.