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

Intern Kate reacting to some shocking statistics about the death penalty

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

London office vacancy: Intern

Fancy volunteering in our London office over the autumn? 

Please send a CV and a covering letter, outlining how you meet the requirements, to admin@amicus-alj.org. Deadline: Sunday 11 September 2016 at 5pm.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sam, MS

When Sam met the stranger he'd been studying in detail for two months...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sarah, PA

"Perhaps it was because he was such a nice and ‘normal’ man, or maybe I would have had this reaction regardless of the person I had met, but as soon as I walked out of the prison I started crying."

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sarah, MO

Tweet us @Amicus_ALJ if you (like Sarah) know the reason for a sentence of 999 years, 12 months and 365 days...

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Anastasia, UK

Anastasia ponders death penalty statistics and picks her favourite related quote. Her top one is by Gandhi, followed closely by her second favourite: 'Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?' by Holly Near.

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