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Death Penalty Focus

We believe that the death penalty is an ineffective, cruel, and simplistic response to the serious and complex problem of violent crime. It institutionalizes discrimination against the poor and people of color, diverts attention and financial resources away from preventative measures that would actually increase public safety, risks the execution of innocent people, and does not deter crime. It’s time to end this costly, failed system.

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A Costly Failure: Why It's Time to End This System

Voices: Victims, Exonerees, and Others Affected by This System

5 Myths About the Death Penalty System

News and Analysis


Press Room / November 11, 2016

LA Times: In California, death penalty abolitionists pledge to keep fighting

by Jazmine Ulloa, LA Times

Blog / April 25, 2017

Eyewitness to AR Execution: “I could not say if Marcel Williams felt pain or what happened during his death”

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / April 20, 2017

VA Governor Commutes Sentence of Ivan Teleguz

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / April 17, 2017

Arkansas Supreme Court Halts Monday’s Double Execution

by Death Penalty Focus

Our Projects

Educating the public about the death penalty's problems

Since 1988, we've been committed to the abolition of the death penalty through public education, grassroots organizing and political advocacy, media outreach, and domestic and international coalition building.

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Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Founder and CEO, Virgin

"Ending the death penalty in California will be a signal no one can ignore. It means that the people of America’s most populous state have had enough." Donate  >

It's time to end this costly, failed system.

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