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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Friday, November 10, 2017

Rose, AZ

Originally, I planned to volunteer with Amicus from the end of March until the beginning of September, but I’ve been unable to tear myself away.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

London office vacancy: Intern

Fight for justice on death row from our office in central London!

Please send us a CV and a cover letter, outlining how you meet the requirements. 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Newsletter: September 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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In a post-trial interview, one of Keith Tharpe's jurors doubted that "black people even have souls." Tharpe's executed was stayed this month, on grounds of juror misconduct.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Vicky, MD

Vicky takes away from her internship that "[m]itigation humanises the client in a criminal justice system which aims to vilify defendants. This process is lengthy and time consuming."

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Newsletter: August 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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This month Florida carried out its first execution in 18 months, with a drug cocktail never before used in the US.

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