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 / March 13, 2019

CA Gov. Newsom Announces Moratorium on Executions

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / May 22, 2019

Catholic bishops ask Florida governor to grant clemency to Bobby Joe Long on eve of execution

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / May 16, 2019

“I will continue to carry the pain of all the grief that I have caused others to endure.” Don Johnson’s letter before his execution

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / May 10, 2019

Georgia death sentence: “No one will have an abiding conviction that justice was done.”

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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