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 / May 23, 2018

CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein comes out against death penalty; supports Kevin Cooper DNA test

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / July 13, 2018

Son of murdered man pleads for mercy for the man who killed him

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / July 13, 2018

Pharma lawsuit stops Dozier execution in Nevada

by Death Penalty Focus

Blog / July 13, 2018

Gov. Brown to consider Kevin Cooper’s innocence petition

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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