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 / July 17, 2019

Legal Scholars Across the U.S.Tell LA DA Jackie Lacey to Turn Off the Death Penalty Machine

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / July 12, 2019

The “paradigm shift” in California’s death penalty

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / July 11, 2019

ACLU’s report on Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey’s shameful death penalty record

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / July 11, 2019

Mississippi DA says Flowers will be tried again

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.

Join us today