Our Mission

The Powell Project is the capital trial consulting initiative of Spero Justice Center, an organization dedicated to eradicating extreme and unjust sentences from the criminal legal system.

As the most extreme legal sanction available, the death penalty helps define the scale of punishment that American society views as reasonable and fair. It is a deeply flawed sentencing practice that is steeped in a legacy of racial bias and error.

Since 2015, we have provided assistance to dozens of capital trial teams across several states. Through this work, we seek to empower defense counsel with the resources, training, and tools needed to defeat the death penalty in their cases.

For more information about our work fighting other excessive sentences, please visit Spero Justice Center’s website.