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 for people who could be executed without it, 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.


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


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


"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."


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


Execution drug shortages are changing the landscape of capital punishment.


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


Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 13:30

Catherine, FL

Check out Catherine's first blog post below and hear her talk about her experience so far in an interview with BBC Radio Wiltshire (02:07:10 - 02:14:50).


Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 15:15

SCOTUS accepts Bobby Moore's case

The Supreme Court of the United States grants cert in the Moore case.


Friday, June 3, 2016 - 13:45

Bukunmi, LA

Two thirds of the way through her internship, Bukunmi reflects on what she has experienced so far. "I came because I was/am interested in helping the fight towards justice and standing with those that do not have many on their side. I may not have done anything 'exciting' but this work often isn't exciting or glamorous and my internship has helped me to examine my motives. Now when I say I am interested in this type of work, it is for the right reasons."


Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 15:00

Merel, LA

"Louisiana, and especially New Orleans, is an absolute great place to stay for a couple of months. I am very happy and thankful that Amicus placed me here!"


Monday, May 16, 2016 - 13:45

Rebecca, TX

"It has been difficult at times to witness these parts of the system that I believe to be grossly unfair." Three months in, Rebecca summarises her experience in Texas.