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.

Our Death Penalty Work


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Open Death Penalty Cases

Kris Maharaj

Anthony Farina

Imdad Ali

Ali al Nimr

Dawood al-Marhoon

Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher

Mohamed Ramadhan

Andy Tsege

Closed Death Penalty Cases

Shafqat Hussain

Ivan Teleguz

Aftab Bahadur

Ryan Matthews

William Morva

Death Penalty News

Image of Kris Maharaj in prison from Sky News Death Penalty
July 9, 2020

10 facts about Kris Maharaj’s case in 2020

We are trying to prove that Kris's original trial was not fair. This should be…
Death Penalty
April 23, 2019

Saudi Arabia executes 37 people in a single day – including three juveniles

Pictured: Mujtaba al-Sweikat, executed today in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s official press agency has announced…
Death PenaltyLethal Injection
July 11, 2018

Judge blocks Nevada execution – rules that state may not use sedative against manufacturer’s wishes

A Nevada judge has blocked tonight’s scheduled execution of Scott Dozier by ruling that the…
Death PenaltyLethal Injection
July 10, 2018

Pharma corporation sues to block Nevada execution

The American pharmaceutical company Alvogen is suing the state of Nevada to prevent the use…
Death Penalty
May 29, 2018

BREAKING: Andy Tsege released in Ethiopia

British citizen Andy Tsege has received a pardon from the Ethiopian Government and been released…
Death Penalty
May 25, 2018

Mississippi Memories – photos from an execution in 1987

Clive Stafford Smith and Paul Hamann remember an execution 31 years on through photos taken…