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Amicus is a small charity that helps provide representation for those facing the death penalty in the United States.
We believe the death penalty is disproportionately imposed on the most vulnerable in society, violating their right to due process and equal justice before the law. Our aims are to provide better access to justice and to raise awareness of potential abuses of defendants' rights.
We are not a campaigning organisation. We believe we can make the greatest difference through frontline work.

The death penalty is legal in 31 states, and in military and federal courts. Learn more about the history here.

INNOCENCE

Since 1973, more than 150 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence.


POLITICS

As judges and prosecutors in the US are often elected, politics and popular opinion are ever-present in the courtroom.

POVERTY

"Many Americans have begun to worry that the death penalty in this country is not reserved for the 'worst of the worst,' but for the poorest of the poor."

MENTAL HEALTH

Between 1976 and 2002, 44 people with intellectual disability were executed.



LETHAL INJECTION

Execution drug shortages are changing the landscape of capital punishment.



RACE

“Over 75% of murder victims in cases resulting in an execution were white, even though nationally only 50% of murder victims are white.”

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LATEST NEWS & BLOG

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Newsletter: April 2017

Our newsletters are sent to members at the end of every month. They are composed of articles (usually US death penalty-themed) written by members for members.
We publish an abbreviated version here a month after it was sent out. If you'd like to write for the newsletter and support us, click here to become a member.

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Did you know that the capital defence community across the US has come together in light of developments in Arkansas?

Today an attorney friend of Amicus said:
"Hello from the battlefront in Arkansas... Long day ahead. Last scheduled execution today. Our client of the past three weeks. Heavy sigh and off to work."

We are thinking of our capital defence friends (including some of our interns) who are working hard to fight for justice in Arkansas right now.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Newsletter: March 2017

Our newsletters are sent to members at the end of every month. They are composed of articles (usually US death penalty-themed) written by members for members.
We publish an abbreviated version here a month after it was sent out. If you'd like to write for the newsletter and support us, click here to become a member.

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Did you know that this year marks our 25th anniversary?
(Details of celebrations coming soon)

This month intern Julie said:
"Before 8th November it was amusing; now that policies are actually being put in place by the Executive, it feels like a tragedy."

Read Julie's latest blog from Pennsylvania here

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

London office vacancy: Intern for July, August and September 2017

Fight for justice on death row from our office in central London!

Please send us a CV and a cover letter, outlining how you meet the requirements. Deadline: Monday 12th June 2017 at 9am.

Bobby Moore with long-term Amicus support Sophie.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Supreme Court victory for Bobby Moore

Kimmie Fearnside, Associate Solicitor, writes on a case that is close to our heart

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Victoria, TX

"During my time as an intern over the past seven months, I have witnessed how a poor person accused of a crime has no lobby."

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