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

The death penalty harms victims’ families, puts innocent lives at risk, and wastes public resources that could be put to better use. Learn more  >

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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 / September 30, 2016

Field Poll Shows Prop 62 Leading by Eleven Points

by Yeson62.com

Blog / December 9, 2016

Voices: Mike Farrell

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / December 9, 2016

In Brief: December 2016

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / December 9, 2016

Nebraska and Oklahoma Voters Support the Death Penalty

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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