Interview with Chip Bach


Chip Bach is a member of the Friends Meeting of Austin, which is a Texas-Based Quaker Community. Quaker beliefs hold that all people are worthy of care, and that anything that causes harm to or threatens someone—including the death penalty—is a violation of that obligation to care for one another.

In this interview, Chip discusses the Quaker practice of writing to and visiting with people who are currently incarcerated on death row, and specifically discusses the friendship he developed with Gary Green, who was executed by the state of Texas on March 7, 2023. Chip discusses the difficulties and joys of visiting and corresponding with people who are on death row, the process of holding vigil on execution day, and the roles that friendship and faith play in overcoming grief.

Throughout the interview, Chip’s fellow Quaker’s are referred to as “friends,” as are the people with whom they correspond with or visit on death row. He refers throughout the interview to the Allan B. Polunsky Unit, in Livingston, Texas, which is where people on death row in Texas are held.

Gary Green