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 for people who could be executed without it, 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, April 26, 2016 - 17:00

Film Series 2016: The Colour of Justice: Have you reserved your tickets?

Throughout 2016, we are showing four films that highlight how justice is never black and white. Buy your tickets now!

Tickets (donations)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 16:45

INTERN BLOG: Peter, TX & MS

Peter summarises his Amicus internships in Texas and Mississippi.

Intern Sooyun enjoying an icecream (or two) with Assistant Director Maroshini. (Disclaimer: Not all days in the office are as fun as this!)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 16:45

London office vacancy: Membership and Communications Intern

Fancy volunteering in our London office over the summer? 

Please send a CV and a covering letter, outlining how you meet the requirements, to admin@amicus-alj.org. DeadlineSunday 12 June 2016 at 5pm.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 13:30

INTERN BLOG: Alice, TX

Alice arrives in Houston, Texas, to start her internship.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 12:30

More on Moore

Another blog about Bobby Moore's Supreme Court appeal this Friday

UPCOMING EVENTS

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