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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 / July 25, 2019

Federal govt to resume executions after 16 years

by Andy Amsler

Blog / May 19, 2020

Experiencing COVID-19 on Death Row, San Quentin, by Kevin Cooper

by Nancy Haydt

Blog / May 18, 2020

An Interview with Michael Radelet, Ph.D.

by Nancy Haydt

Blog / March 22, 2020

California Moratorium

by Nancy Haydt

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  >

Together we can end the death penalty.

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