Approximately 3,300 people await execution in our nation’s prisons. Hundreds of those prisoners face execution without lawyers to ensure that they received a fair trial. Without lawyers, these indigent defendants have no realistic chance of challenging their convictions and death sentences, even though obvious and serious errors may have occurred during trial.
The Death Penalty Representation Project works to change this injustice.
More and more errors come to light each day. In recent years, 138 people under sentence of death have been released from Death Row with evidence of innocence. Hundreds of other sentences have been overturned because of serious constitutional errors at trial. These cases highlight an irrefutable fact: the system by which the death penalty is administered is literally fatally flawed.