The Death Penalty Project is an international legal action charity based at Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP. They use the law to protect prisoners facing execution and achieve fairer and more humane justice systems.
For more than three decades, The Death Penalty Project has provided free legal representation to those facing the death penalty. They began as a few lawyers at London law firm Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP dedicated to working on death penalty cases in the Caribbean. With the help of a wider team of human rights barristers, forensic experts and academics, their work has grown significantly over the years. Today they work in more than 30 countries around the world.
Driven by a belief that the death penalty is cruel and often discriminates against the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society, they work strategically to safeguard the rights of those facing the death penalty and other vulnerable prisoners. Their work has saved the lives of thousands of prisoners and transformed the legal landscape in the countries in which they operate.