Death Penalty Related Web Sites

The Death Penalty Information Center does not endorse any of the organizations listed below nor does it guarantee the accuracy of the information posted at these sites. Similarly, we do not claim that these organizations endorse DPIC.

Government Resources


Research & Legal Sources


  • 911 Justice - provides extensive information about the death penalty, death row, executions, execution facts and protocol.
  • ABA Death Penalty Representation Project - a Web site with a public page describing the Project's primary goal to recruit law firms to represent death sentenced prisoners; the site includes a password protected area limited to lawyers representing individuals facing the death penalty.
  • ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project - The Project will work toward achieving a national moratorium on executions until the death penalty process is reformed.
  • Address of Death Row Units in the U.S.- addresses of death rows in the USA for both men and women
  • American Society of Criminology - general collection of death penalty information, including government statistics, court decisions, and articles and writing on death penalty issues.
  • Boalt Hall Death Penalty Clinic
  • Capital Punishment or Compassion: Executions in the State of New Mexico: The Death Penalty Since Territorial Days - provides the names, crimes, and dates of execution for those executed in New Mexico.
  • Center for Death Penalty Litigation - The Center for Death Penalty Litigation is a non-profit law firm that provides direct representation to inmates on North Carolina’s death row, as well as consulting with and training attorneys who practice capital litigation across the state.
  • Center on Wrongful Convictions - dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice. The Center investigates possible wrongful convictions and represent imprisoned clients with claims of actual innocence.
  • Clark County Prosecutor's web site with links to over 1,000 death penalty related Web sites
  • The Constitution Project's Death Penalty Initiative - a bipartisan committee of death penalty supporters and opponents who agree that the risk of wrongful executions in this country is unacceptably high
  • Cornell Law School Death Penalty Project - links to state and federal statutes and cases.
  • Court TV: The Death Penalty on Trial - history, statistics and articles about the death penalty.
  • Death Penalty Litigation Clinic - a non-profit law firm dedicated to the defense of prisoners on death row throughout the country with a specialization on the Midwest.  Complete databases on the cases of all people on death row in:
    • Missouri
    • Arkansas
    • South Dakota
    • Nebraska
  • Death Penalty Worldwide - International death penalty database.
  • DePaul University College of Law: Center for Justice in Capital Cases - provides Defense Investigation Certificate, Student Training, Professional Seminars, Manuals and Model Pleadings
  • Derechos - provides links to a variety of death penalty sites.
  • Equal Justice Initiative - Provides assistance for Alabama death row inmates in during the post-conviction appeals process.
  • Fair Trial Initiative - confronts the crisis of incompetent counsel for indigent defendants facing the death penalty. Funds fellowships for recent law graduates to work with under funded trial counsel in capital cases, and provides internships for law students to do a variety of trial related capital work.
  • Find Law.com
  • Rick Halperin's Death Penalty News and Updates - death penalty statistics, news, updates, addresses of U.S. Governors
  • History of Executions - Explores history of executions prior to the advent of lethal injection, and explores issues of present day lethal injection procedures.
  • Innocence Project Web Site - Comprehensive Web site of the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The site contains case profiles, other innocence projects, DNA legislation and news, and much more.
  • Internship Opportunities in Capital Defense Offices - this site has law student internship opportunities (both summer 2008 and year-round) in offices around the country that are engaged in the defense of death row inmates or capitally-charged defendants.
  • Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) - death penalty section contains news of international developments
  • The Justice Project -The Justice Project is committed to educating the American public about our deeply flawed capital justice system
  • Legal Broadcast Network - A resource of videos for lawyers covering many aspects of law.
  • MacArthur Justice Center - A non-profit public interest law firm affiliated with the Northwestern University of Law. The center concentrates on cases that raise constitutional or significant issues in the field of criminal justice.
  • National Registry of Exonerations - The National Registry of Exonerations is a joint project of the University of the Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. It provides detailed information about  all known exonerations (for all crimes, not just death penalty crimes) in the United States since 1989 - cases in which a person was convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges.
  • Southern Center for Human Rights - death penalty news, articles and reports, good source for prison reform resources, and legal/advocacy resources
  • Stateline.org - includes databases of information on crime and prisons, capital punishment, and news for each state. Allows a comparison of between 2-4 states.
  • Tennessee Capital Case Information - A Tennessee Supreme Court website for capital cases that have had at least one "serious" execution date set.
  • Texas Defender Service- aims to help improve the quality of representation afforded to indigent Texans charged with a capital crime or under sentence of death.

Advocacy and Abolitionist Groups


  • National

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - a variety of articles and resources on the death penalty, includes state legislation updates.
  • ACLU's Moratorium Campaign - Web-based campaign to build support for a national moratorium on executions and bring attention to death penalty issues.
  • Campaign to End the Death Penalty -a national abolitionist group, focusing on grassroots support and organization to end the death penalty
  • Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty - organization promoting viable alternatives to the death penalty and hightened visibility for those who seek better public policy in response to violent crime.
  • Equal Justice USA - a national, grassroots organization working to build a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and humane, starting with repeal of the death penalty and increased services to families of homicide victims.
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation - a Quaker lobby in the public interest, seeks to follow the leadings of the Spirit as it speaks for itself and for like-minded Friends.
  • The Innocence Project of The National Capital Region (ÒIPNCRÓ) - in Washington, D.C. at the Washington College of Law at American University.
  • Journey of Hope - led by murder victim family members that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty.
  • Justice: Denied-The Magazine for the Wrongly Convicted- a monthly publication dealing with the death penalty, wrongful conviction and justice issues.
  • Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation -a national organization comprised of family members of murder victims and family members of those who have been executed. Advocates alternatives to the death penalty, crime prevention programs and supports programs to address the needs of victims of violence. See also:
  • Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights - is an organization with a national and international focus actively working to abolish the death penalty. MVFHR members are murder victims' family members and family members of the executed who are opposed to killing in all cases whether it be homicide, state killing, or extrajudicial killings and "disappearances."
  • Prejean.org - The Official website of Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.
  • National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - listings of abolitionist organizations (national, state, and local), legal resources, execution alerts, death penalty issues and statistics.
  • People of Faith Against the Death Penalty - a national nonprofit organization with information on educating, organizing, and mobilizing religious leaders and laity in religious communities towards abolition of the death penalty.
  • Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty
  • Students Against the Death Penalty - is a student-run organization that mobilizes youth through education and advocacy.
  • Witness to Innocence - is the nation’s only organization composed of, by, and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones.  The organization challenges the American public to grapple with the problem of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row.  One of Witness to Innocence’s primary goals is to empower death row survivors and their loved ones to be effective leaders in the death penalty movement.  It provides an essential network of peer support for these individuals as they respond to the challenges and opportunities of life after exoneration.
  • International

  • Abolition UK - the only nationwide (UK) grassroots organization focused solely on the issue of death penalty abolition. They aim to strengthen the international dimension of the struggle against capital punishment.
  • Amnesty International - tracks death penalty internationally, includes statistics and general information, country reports
  • Australian Coalition Against the Death Penalty anti-death penalty organization in Australia that supports International abolition of the death penalty and is against the re-introduction of capital punishment in Australia
  • Italian Section of Amnesty International - international death penalty documents, appeals and information
  • Bruderhof Community - articles and essays on capital punishment, includes writings from death row prisoners
  • Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty
  • Death Watch International - Organization based in the UK exploring the issue of the death penalty on a global scale. Their comprehensive website contains stories, news and factual information on the status of the death penalty around the world.
  • Sant'Egidio Community of Italy - an appeal for the moratorium of the death penalty all over the world by the year 2000, promoted by Sr. Helen Prejean and other organizations.
  • Ensemble Contre La Peine de Mort - held two international conferences on worldwide abolition of the death penalty and publishes an electronic newsletter (in French).
  • European Association for Human Rights - campaigns for the promotion, advancement and protection of human rights and the promotion, monitoring and support of people in emergencies, including those on death row, at national and international level. (in English and German)
  • European Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - news, interesting personal reports about and of Death Row inmates, information about pen friends and the aims of the ECADP.
  • European Union in the United States - Site offering information on European Union policy and action on the death penalty.
  • Keine Todesstrafe (No Death Penalty) - a weblog with information in German and English.
  • International Commission against the Death Penalty - an international organization favoring abolition of the death penalty.
  • The Moratorium Campaign - works towards obtaining a moratorium on the death penalty, educating the public, and collects signatures for a petition that will be delivered to the United States representatives to the United Nations on Human Rights Day.
  • International Justice Project works towards the development, coordination and increased employment of international law and human rights standards as they pertain to capital punishment.
  • Reprieve - provides effective legal representation and humanitarian assistance to impoverished people facing the death penalty at the hands of the state in the US and the Caribbean. Reprieve's Web site is an umbrella site that catalogues all death penalty resources on the internet.
  • 20 Minutes - in death row (ma vie dans le couloir de la mort)
  • World Coalition Against the Death Penalty - Coalition committed to the universal abolition of the death penalty.

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