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

Prisonopoly is a Monopoly board made by a Texas death row inmate, exhibited in Texas Prison Museum. The inmate had the original confiscated and then returned to him on the basis that he would make another copy for the museum.

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Monday, May 16, 2016 - 13:45

INTERN BLOG: Rebecca, TX

"It has been difficult at times to witness these parts of the system that I believe to be grossly unfair." Three months in, Rebecca summarises her experience in Texas.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 11:45

INTERN BLOG: Alice, TX

Alice shares her thoughts on the jury selection process.

If this topic peaks your interest, come to our screening of 12 Angry Men and discussion next Thursday 19th May at Linklaters in central London. Buy your tickets now!

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Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:45

Why Art for Amicus?

“Prison art is an expression of the human spirit and imagination, just as barbed wire, gun towers and steel bars serve as daily reminders of lost freedom, privacy and human dignity.”
Larry Brewster, University of San Francisco

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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!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 16:45

INTERN BLOG: Peter, TX & MS

Peter summarises his Amicus internships in Texas and Mississippi.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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