Buff Lancaster-Thomas

Artist

 
   
 
 
 


'suite death row'

For several years I have been writing to Daniel who has been living on death row,
USA, for eleven years. Conditions on death row are frequently like an experiment in sensory
deprivation. The average time spent on the row, in a cell roughly five feet by seven feet by nine feet,
is approximately thirteen years. The main form of communication with the outside world is by letter.

suite death row’ also includes a series of audio recordings of extracts from Daniel’s letters and diaries.

"Thank you for the feather!
I sewed it on my back and spent a week
flying around the prison!
" (Daniel)



 

"Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men. Murder and capital
punishment are not opposites that cancel one another out, but similars that breed their kind.
"

- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

 

"Is it not absurd, that the laws, which detest and punish homicide, should, in order to prevent murder,
publicly commit murder themselves?"

- Cesare Beccaria,
On Crimes and Punishments (1764)

 

Beware all those in whom the urge to punish is very strong”


- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)