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.


Since 1973, more than 150 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence.


As judges and prosecutors in the US are often elected, politics and popular opinion are ever-present in the courtroom.


"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."


Between 1976 and 2002, 44 people with intellectual disability were executed.


Execution drug shortages are changing the landscape of capital punishment.


“Over 75% of murder victims in cases resulting in an execution were white, even though nationally only 50% of murder victims are white.”



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On the anniversary of Andrew Lee Jones's execution

A message to all Amicus supporters from our founder, Jane Officer, in memory of her friend Andrew Lee Jones.

"[T]here was an outing for free ice-cream from Ben & Jerry’s, after which for some reason I was stuck with a smug smile!"


Friday, July 15, 2016

Sooyun, UK

Sooyun describes his three-month internship in the Amicus office, with notable reference to cake.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Alice, UK

As the best Amicus student rep 2015-16, Alice was offered the opportunity to come into the London office to meet the team - and whilst she was here, we roped her into helping us out! Here she summarises her time working with Amicus over the last year.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Merel, LA

"In the Texas Prison Museum they have a prison cell. You can go to the front desk to get a striped jumpsuit and take pictures in this prison cell while you wear the jumpsuit. Next to this prison cell is the electric chair that was used for decades to execute people. I was shocked by the juxtaposition - this prison cell effectively making fun of prisoners and just a couple meters away a tool used to horrifically execute people."


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Catherine, FL

Check out Catherine's first blog post below and hear her talk about her experience so far in an interview with BBC Radio Wiltshire (02:07:10 - 02:14:50).