DPIC in the Media

For two decades, DPIC has served the media with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The Center’s reports and press releases are widely quoted and consulted by reporters in the United States and around the globe. The following is a sample of our most notable media coverage this past year:

According to the Death Penalty Information Center’s annual report, 2017 saw the second-lowest number of death sentences since 1972, with 39… These trends mean that the number of people on death row fell for the 17th straight year, from about 2,900 to about 2,800.

- Editorial Board, Washington Post

“There will be times when numbers fluctuate—particularly following historic highs or lows—but the steady long-term decline in the death penalty since the 1990s suggests that in most of the country, the death penalty is becoming obsolete,” said Robert Dunham, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

- Lauren Gill, Newsweek

“The death penalty has been criticized as being geographically arbitrary, and of being driven by the personalities of local prosecutors,” Mr. Dunham said.

- Jacey Fortin, New York Times

“The long-term trend seems consistent. It looks as though we are going to remain with a comparatively low number of executions and a comparatively low number of new death sentences,” Robert Dunham, the center’s executive director, said.

- Jon Herskovitz, Reuters