Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

Following government guidelines and advice, we have taken steps to ensure the safety of Amicus staff and volunteers at this time. The Amicus office is temporarily closed  and our staff and volunteers are safely working from home, continuing our vital work to provide better access to justice and to raise awareness of potential abuses to defendants' rights. Our work is needed just as much now as ever, and we are grateful for the hard work of volunteers and casework teams who continue our fight for justice, and to our members and supporters who continue to help us financially. On behalf of all of us at Amicus, we hope you stay safe during this unprecedented time. 
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 28 states, and in military and federal courts. Learn more about the history here

INNOCENCE

Since 1973, more than 165 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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