What We Do

Direct Services

CRI provides direct legal services to men and women facing the death penalty in the U.S. and abroad while directing resources into communities most affected by death penalty prosecutions.   We develop mitigating evidence for presentations during the penalty phase of capital trials and for presentations to judges during capital post-conviction proceedings. Our investigations build the narratives intended to provide juries and judges with the information they need to reach life-affirming verdicts and judgments.

In addition to providing direct services in death-eligible cases, CRI conducts mental health investigations in non-capital cases in an effort to decriminalize mental illness. CRI has also investigated fair-trial issues in global extradition proceedings.

Training and Support

CRI provides resources and support to attorneys, mitigation specialists and others who dedicate themselves to capital defense.  We conduct trainings, consult with attorneys and investigators and collaborate with artists and educators.


Through our work on behalf of people facing execution, we have developed high impact initiatives designed to strengthen families and combat individual risk factors associated with incarceration.  Our initiatives include a literacy initiative, Reading Across the Lines; a music mentorship program for youth, Music for the Masses; and a Family Services Initiative.