(your city, state, zip)
January 25, 2012
(name & title of politician/candidate)
(their city, state, zip)
Dear (name & title of politician – ex. Mr. Smith):
I am writing this letter, along with thousands of other men
and women imprisoned all across this country, to try to ask you to consider
your support for the sentence of life and life without the possibility of
parole; what we in prison call “the other death penalty.”
The truth is that life and life without parole IS the death
penalty, but of a much more protracted and cruel nature. I am on “death row” now, but I haven’t
received the procedural safeguards those sentenced to death by execution are
guaranteed. Instead, I am condemned to
death by incarceration without any heightened scrutiny of my conviction, or the
circumstances surrounding the crime for which I was sentenced to this lone,
Surely, everyone in this country should, at least, have a
chance at rehabilitation, a chance to remake their life. It is a part of our cultural heritage.
In your future dealings with crime and punishment, I ask
that you consider a different approach, one that allows for the possibility
that all humans retain within themselves the spark of redemption. Life and life without parole are, ultimately
a denial of humanity.
Thank you for your consideration.