David on Film


“Death row is an environment that seems designed to instruct you again & again that you are less than human, that you are worth nothing, that your concerns don’t matter, that you are less than a dog.”

“Think what you were doing 10 years ago, 15 years ago – to a large extent you are not the same person. That is more true of the people who are subjected to the conditions that are imposed on death row. One would have to be a rock not to be brought into serious self-examination.”
-David Lee Powell, from “TEXAS AND THE DEATH PENALTY”, a film by Tassos Rigopoulis




David Powell shortly after his arrest in 1978


David Powell on Texas Death Row, Ellis Unit, 1993, photo courtesy Lou Jones, from his book "Final Exposure." For more about the photo, go here.