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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 / August 18, 2017

OC Judge Takes Death Penalty off the Table in Trial Tainted by Prosecutorial Misconduct, Victims’ Families Support Decision

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / September 25, 2017

Georgia May Execute a Man Tomorrow in Spite of Questions about Juror Racial Bias

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / September 22, 2017

October 2: CA Events on Wrongful Convictions Day

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / September 22, 2017

Seal Beach Killer Sentenced to Eight Life Terms

by Death Penalty Focus

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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

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"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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