Over the years, Amnesty has campaigned on behalf of hundreds of men and women on death row in the USA, and has played an important role in the commutation of many death sentences.
Amnesty International opposes all executions. Our campaigning on behalf of individual cases has exposed the cruelty of a capital punishment system that is also riddled with injustice and error. Amnesty campaigns in many different ways, from promoting Urgent Actions to supporting or organizing worldwide clemency campaigns.
Currently, Amnesty is campaigning at a high level for the following death penalty cases:
Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Twenty years later, on September 21, 2011, Troy Davis was executed - even though the case against him had fallen apart.
The case against Reggie Clemons is one with no physical evidence, two highly questionable witnesses - both of whom were initially charged with the crime - and a trail of alleged police coercion, misconduct from lawyers on both sides of the case, and sharp racial inequities.