Reports

2007: DPIC's Year End Report

U.S. Supreme Court stayed the Alabama execution scheduled for night of Jan. 31.

Watch the Independent Film Channel's piece on the U.S. Supreme Court case regarding lethal injection, Baze v. Rees. The video also includes a discussion of death penalty trends with DPIC's Richard Dieter and an interview with former Texas death row chaplain Carroll Pickett.

2007: DPIC's Year End Report

DPIC Releases 2007 Year End Report Noting Decline In Death Penalty

The Death Penalty Information Center has released its 13th annual Year End Report, noting that executions have dropped to a 13-year low as a de facto moratorium took hold in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s examination of lethal injection procedures. Death sentences have also dropped considerably in recent years.  DPIC projected 110 new death sentences in 2007 - the lowest number since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, and a 60% drop since 1999.

Media Coverage

Video Tour of North Carolina's Execution Process with Warden Marvin Polk
Video by Scott Langley, Langley Creations Documentaries
Media Coverage of DPIC's Latest Report,
A Crisis of Confidence
On June 9, 2007 the Death Penalty Information Center released its new report, “A Crisis of Confidence: Americans’ Doubts About the Death Penalty.” The report,

A Crisis of Confidence: Americans’ Doubts About the Death Penalty - MEDIA COVERAGE REPORT

On June 9, 2007 the Death Penalty Information Center released its new report, “A Crisis of Confidence: Americans’ Doubts About the Death Penalty.” The report, based on results from DPIC’s national public opinion poll, received extensive national media coverage in major papers and electronic media. In addition, the report was discussed extensively on more than 25 Internet blogs, including many online criminal justice groups. Among the news organizations that featured this story were the following:

NEW DPIC REPORT and POLL: "A Crisis of Confidence"

According to a new report and opinion poll issued today by the Death Penalty Information Center, the American public is losing confidence in the death penalty as doubts about innocence and the purpose of capital punishment increase. The report, A Crisis of Confidence: Americans’ Doubts About the Death Penalty, is based on a recent national opinion poll conducted by RT Strategies and commissioned by DPIC.

Year End Report



DPIC's Lethal Injection Page


The Death Penalty in 2006:
Year End Report


The Death Penalty Information Center has released its 12th annual Year End Report. This year's highlights include:

DPIC RELEASES 2006 YEAR END REPORT NOTING DECLINE IN USE OF THE DEATH PENALTY

DPIC's 12th annual Year End Report was released on December 14 and reveals a broad decline in the use of the death penalty in the U.S. based on a number of factors:  the public now favors life without parole over the death penalty; the number of executions has dropped to the fewest in a decade, in part because of challenges to the lethal injection process; and the annual number of death sentences is now at a 30-year low.  The report notes that various states have put a hold on all executions, while others are reviewing problems in the capital punishment system.  The report cites a number of new developments, including the challenges posed by the severe mental illness of many on death row, and quotes a series of law enforcement personnel, editorials, and public officials voicing serious concerns about the death penalty.

DPIC Releases Year End Report

The Death Penalty Information Center has released its annual report on the status of capital punishment in the U.S. at the end of 2005. The report notes a dramatic drop in death sentences to the lowest level in 30 years. The year showed an increasing reliance on the sentence of life-without-parole as an alternative to the death penalty.

New York's legislature refused to restore the death penalty after its statute was declared unconstitutional, leaving life without parole as the punishment for murder.

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