TOGETHER WE WILL END THE DEATH PENALTY.

TOGETHER WE WILL END THE DEATH PENALTY.

TOGETHER WE WILL END THE DEATH PENALTY.

About
We believe that the death penalty is inhumane and ineffective. We believe that the application of the death penalty is racist and arbitrary. We believe in the inherent goodness of every human being.

Death Penalty Focus was founded in 1988 by a group of California death penalty abolitionists. Since then, DPF has led protests, supported vigils, engaged people of faith, and worked with community leaders to end the death penalty. From the start, DPF has educated, mobilized and organized the anti-death penalty movement in California.

In conjunction with coalition partners including the ACLU, NAACP, Catholic Mobilizing Network, the American Bar Association, California People of Faith, Amnesty International, and criminal defense organizations, DPF became a national leader in death penalty policy and abolition strategy.

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Death Penalty Focus is a national organization with more than 100,000 followers. DPF has outreach, coalition, education, video production, and social media activities promoting efforts to abolish the death penalty. We work in synchrony with progressive organizations and politicians to construct laws which will build a fairer, equal justice system for all U.S. Citizens regardless of race, gender, or orientation.

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With the death penalty abolished in California, Death Penalty Focus is expanding its reach to help abolition efforts in other states. We are working with our national colleagues to end the federal death penalty and commute federal death sentences.

True justice allows for redemption. With the death penalty behind us, PDF is pushing for fair procedures for sentence review and opportunities for those with life sentences to seek parole.

News and Updates
Catch the latest death penalty news here on our blog.

Guest Blog. A High-Schooler Against the Death Penalty: What Do I Know? By Ashley Xu

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Biden will halt federal executions, other actions on first day in office

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The Biden Administration and the Death Penalty

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Headlines

Biden is the first president to openly oppose the death penalty. Now what?

After Trump's rush of executions, President Biden and a Democratic Congress want to abolish the federal death penalty

"An execution is not simply death. It is just as different from the privation of life as a concentration camp is from prison.”

Upcoming Events
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29th Annual Awards Dinner

February 11, 2021 5:45 pm
Meeting Link TBD
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We are not just names and numbers

What we love about DPF is that it uses the lens of this deep wrong to probe and attack many different types of inequities and problems with our criminal justice system. It doesn’t replace other efforts but provides a powerful orthogonal perspective that maybe someday in not that distant future will be happily irrelevant.

Andrew Abrahams
Supporter of Death Penalty Focus
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To me, supporting the abolition of the death penalty gives me the chance to let those men and women on death row know that I still see them.  I see them not as the worst thing they have ever done but as someone who still has a heart just like mine.

Colleen Tracy
Supporter of Death Penalty Focus
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I believe nobody has the right to take anyone’s life no matter the crime. I believe in redemption & mercy and yes, re integration into society if at all possible.

Gerlind Kennedy
Supporter of Death Penalty Focus
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