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


Oklahoma has got the highest per capita rate of executions within the United States. There are currently (as of August 2015) 49 persons on death row, one of those is a female prisoner.

The death row for male prisoners is part of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and is located in the notorious H-Unit. The building is nearly up to the roof „built in“ a hill, there are no windows, only fanlights  in the visitation- and communal area. That means prisoners nearly spend the whole day in badly lit cells. Most of the cells are double cells.

Oklahoma death row inmates may not ask for pen pals on the Internet - so it's very difficult for them to find pen pals.  If you would like to write to a prisoner from Oklahoma, please send us an E-Mail and we will try to mediate this.

General Mail rules

You may send letters, greeting- and postcards. The greeting-cards have to be fully filled in (not just the insert), otherwise the card will be returned.
The name and address of the sender has to be legibly written on the envelope (as well as on postcards). We do recommend to mention the address in the letter as well, in case the envelope gets opened and damaged in the mailroom.
It is not allowed to send stamps, cash or money-orders.
You might send photos, but no Polaroids, no photos on which the inmate can be seen and no pictures which could be provocative in any way.

Please, ask your pen pal about the up-to-date mailing rules, photo rules and gift rules.  Since these rules change very fast, it's not always possible for us to make a valid assessment of these stipulations.

Pending US-Executions

Unfortunately the United States of America still is one of the countries which regularly executes people.

You’ll find a list of the already scheduled executions here.