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Amicus presents The Exonerated, an award-winning play exploring the stories of the wrongly convicted.

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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.”

LATEST NEWS & BLOG

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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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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Newsletter: February 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 the newsletter and support us, click here to become a member.

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This newsletter is all about Trump: on the death penalty, on crime, on race and on guns. Read on to find out why our cause needs you now more than ever.

This month our intern Klara (UK) said:
"[My time at Amicus] has both affirmed my decision to work in the legal field as well as provoked me to become a great deal more active in my opposition of the death penalty."
Klara talks about her office internship experience here.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Julie, PA

Half-way into her year-long internship, Julie reflects on her time in Pennsylvania so far, including the changing political landscape. "Before 8th November it was amusing; now that policies are actually being put in place by the Executive, it feels like a tragedy."

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Newsletter: January 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 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 our intern Shiryn (UK) said:
"I found it staggering to realise that the vital work I have been doing here in the office could help to save a life across the pond."

Shiryn discussed her office internship experience here, while Kirsten chronicled her Lousiana travels here.

Klara (with our other intern Abbey) helping out at Amicus Training.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Klara, UK

"They were no longer a generic group of prisoners facing injustice, but individual people – each with their own hobbies (e.g. stamp collecting), passions (e.g. sunbathing) and talents."

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