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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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hannah, AZ

"After having often been told in England that I need to be less emotionally involved in or attached to the work I do, it has been a pleasure to work in an environment where loving and caring for clients is something to be celebrated and where caring for the prisoners’ overall well-being is prioritised alongside the processing of their legal claims."

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ani, LA

"I was nervous about meeting my first client, but as we starting talking I quickly became comfortable. I met a guy who was my age and was excited to meet someone from the UK."

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Introducing the ELSA Amicus Essay Prize

We are supporting ELSA UK and ELSA Ireland with an exciting essay competition. Open now!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Caroline, MS

"For anyone interested in criminal law, who would turn down an opportunity to be involved in the most serious cases in a place that inflicts death on those it finds guilty?"

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kate, UK

"You come away with not only legal skills and increased human rights knowledge, but also friends and life skills."

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