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.