The death penalty is cruel, degrading, and a violation of human rights.

We’re on the front lines of the fight to end it for good.

One third of all countries still use capital punishment, even though it has never been shown to deter crime. In America, 2,817 people were facing execution in July 2017. In China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran, thousands are executed every year, with widespread torture, unfair trials and brutal killing practices.

Reprieve U.S. is working on the front lines of the effort to end the death penalty. We are now working with 70 people facing execution in 11 countries, including the United States, Pakistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia. Our caseworkers build relationships with local lawyers, investigate cases, draft legal documents, and provide training on capital defense issues and best practice. We have prevented executions in all but six of our cases: a 98 percent success rate.

Our Stop Lethal Injection Project (SLIP) advises companies who object to their medicines being misused in executions. This has resulted in a dramatic fall in the rate of executions across the USA due to a shortage of lethal injection drugs.

Listen to Reprieve’s Maya Foa tell the story of SLIP on RadioLab’s MorePerfect podcast.

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Death Penalty News

Death Penalty
April 4, 2018

Mass trials and the death penalty in Egypt

Mass trials have routinely led to death sentences, resulting in a dramatic expansion of Egypt’s…
Death Penalty
April 4, 2018

Article 122 – the loophole that allows death sentences for children

The arbitrary arrests, unfair trials, and illegal death sentences inflicted by the Egyptian government on…
Death Penalty
April 4, 2018

Egypt’s crackdown on dissent – and the two laws underpinning it

The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi launched his crackdown on human rights immediately after the…
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March 21, 2018

I was arrested in Cairo when I was 17 and faced the death penalty

I was arrested in Cairo when I was 17. I turned 18 in an Egyptian prison.…
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March 7, 2018

Is Saudi Arabia really reforming?

Our analysis reveals that executions in Saudi Arabia have doubled under Mohammed bin Salman.
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February 12, 2018

Roundup: Guantánamo, birthdays on death row, and a thank you to our supporters

Two death row birthdays, our senior staff attorney on the ground in Guantánamo, and a…