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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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Friday, June 30, 2017

Rose, AZ

Month three of Rose's internship brings hot weather, hikes and heated debate in the Arizona Supreme Court.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Shareei, LA

Reflecting on her time in New Orleans, Shareei says that an Amicus internship is "an opportunity you will definitely not forget."

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Christine, MD

"Assuming my parents won’t get to read this blog while I am away..." Christine waxes lyrical about her Baltimore experience.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rose, AZ

Rose talks about a fundraising fiesta in the second month of her internship.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Newsletter: March 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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Did you know that this year marks our 25th anniversary?
(Details of celebrations coming soon)

This month intern Julie said:
"Before 8th November it was amusing; now that policies are actually being put in place by the Executive, it feels like a tragedy."

Read Julie's latest blog from Pennsylvania here

UPCOMING EVENTS

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