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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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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Shannan, MO

Shannan reflects on her experience in Missouri so far: "This was my first evidence of how things are different in this city."

Abbey helping out at Art for Amicus

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Abbey, UK

"I loved my experience so much and was so affected by the shocking experiences and facts surrounding the death penalty that I am about to set off to the US as an Amicus intern in Texas."

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Francesca, MO

After detailing her top tips for Missouri, Francesca has left us salivating with her description of Gooey Butter Cake...

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lucie, LA

Lucie is feeling glavanised after her time in New Orleans.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bill, TX

Prospective Texas stallion Bill says "not only has the internship helped me in terms of character progression but also given me solid experience for a career at the Bar."

UPCOMING EVENTS

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