About Death Penalty Focus


Mission Statement

Founded in 1988, Death Penalty Focus is committed to the abolition of the death penalty through public education, grassroots organizing and political advocacy,
media outreach, and domestic and international coalition building.

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.

Death Penalty Focus has several active volunteer chapters in California and more than 80,000 supporters worldwide.

DPF Agency Brochure (.pdf document)

DPF 20th Anniversary Report (2008) (.pdf document)

Ongoing Activities

DPF organizes year-round public education and professional media campaigns, provides speakers for schools, faith communities, and community organizations, conducts outreach to key constituents, mobilizes supporters in support of or against death penalty related legislation, and sponsors research projects and opinion polls. 

DPF publishes and distributes a variety of publications and manages an interactive website. Our newsletter, The Sentry, provides comprehensive information on current death penalty news. DPF distributes thousands of pieces of educational materials each year, available in both English and Spanish, and has developed an educational curriculum for high school teachers interested in discussing the death penalty with their students.

DPF mobilizes death penalty opposition by organizing educational events, rallies, vigils and other public demonstrations.

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