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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.”

MEMBERSHIP

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CASEWORK

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INTERNSHIPS

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TRAINING

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LATEST NEWS & BLOG

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sam, MD

Sam says that "[a]s an Amicus intern, you will examine cases in a new light, in order to build up a more nuanced factual picture, and this will challenge you to become a more compassionate person, and hopefully a better lawyer in consequence."

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Alice, MD

Alice's month in Maryland whets her appetite for a future three-month internship.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Newsletter: July 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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Join us to celebrate 25 years of fighting for justice!
Don't miss broadcaster Jon Snow in conversation with eminent human rights activist Sister Helen Prejean! With a drinks reception and auction, the event will be held on the evening of 2nd November 2017 in Inner Temple Parliament Chamber. Tickets will soon go on sale here.

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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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