Sounds from Death Row

Hear from reporters on the steps of a Texas prison, a former warden in charge of executions, inmates describing life in solitary confinement, and more voices from inside and outside of America’s death rows. 
Sounds recorded by Anne-Fréderique Widmann and Patrick Chappatte

 Michael Graznyk

Michael Graznyk

 Jason Clark

Jason Clark

 Phil Archer

Phil Archer

 Jim Willett

Jim Willett

 Luis Castro Perez

Luis Castro Perez

 Abel Ochoa

Abel Ochoa

 Kevin Cooper with Anne-Fréderiqué Widmann and Patrick Chappatte

Kevin Cooper with Anne-Fréderiqué Widmann and Patrick Chappatte

Michael Graznyk, AP correspondent
The journalist who has witnessed the most executions in the U.S. on which ones of those nearly 400 he remembers.
Recorded in Huntsville, Texas, on May 12, 2015

 

Jason Clark, Public Information Office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Coming out of Huntsville prison, the official reports to the media, minutes after an execution.
Recorded in Hunstville, Texas, on May 12, 2015

 

Phil Archer, reporter, KPRC TV Houston
On witnessing an execution for the first time.
Recorded in Hunstville, Texas, on May 12, 2015

 

Jim Willett, Texas Prison Museum Director
The former warden at Huntsville, who has presided over 89 executions, explains his role and the procedure of capital punishment.
Recorded in Hunstville, Texas, on May 13, 2015

 

Luis Castro Perez, death row inmate, Polunsky Unit
A man who has been there for 17 years describes an average day on death row.
Recorded in Polunsky Maximum Security Unit, Texas, on May 13, 2015

 

Abel Ochoa, death row inmate, Polunsky Unit 
On the hardship of Texas’ solitary confinement, and how not to get crazy.
Recorded in Polunsky Maximum Security Unit, Texas, on May 13, 2015

 

Kevin Cooper, death row inmate, San Quentin State Prison
An inmate tells about the day he was taken for execution, and came back alive.
Recorded on telephone, June 23, 2015

 


WINDOWS ON DEATH ROW MULTIMEDIA PREZ

In a TED-style prez using inmate art, video interviews & sound, co-founders Widmann and Chappatte offer a glimpse into the unseen reality of incarceration. Their are joined on stage by former death row inmate, artist and activist Ndume Olatushani, and the lawyers who helped get him out of prison. Recorded on September 19, 2017 at Columbia Law School during the New York opening of the show.

 

 

MORE IMAGes from Death Row

Independant from Windows on Death Row, One For Ten is an online series of campaign films that was produced and broadcasted over five weeks in April and May of 2013. During those five weeks, the filmmakers traveled the width of the United States to interview ten individuals who had been freed from death row. Below are the episodes produced by the One For Ten team. To find out more about this series of documentaries, click here