Discussions with Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC): How A British Charity Works to Assist US Capital Defenders
In this month’s Discussions with DPIC, Managing Director Anne Holsinger speaks with Margot Ravenscroft, Director of AMICUS UK, a British charity whose volunteers support the capital defense effort in the United States. Ms. Ravenscroft describes how AMICUS was founded by a British woman who became a pen friend to a Louisiana death row prisoner Andrew Lee Jones. Jane Officer, a retired schoolteacher, spent many years exchanging letters with Mr. Jones and returned to the UK after his execution determined to help those still on death row. Ms. Ravenscroft explains how the organization now trains and supports British lawyers and law firms to work with US defense counsel, and how their efforts help ensure that every person on death row has adequate counsel and fair proceedings.
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