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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 / October 10, 2017

California rejects proposed lethal injection procedure

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / November 21, 2017

Art of San Quentin

by Mary Kate DeLucco

Blog / November 14, 2017

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by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / November 9, 2017

Arkansas Supreme Court grants stay to Jack Greene

by Mary Kate DeLucco

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

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

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