DPIC Reports

Below are reports released by the Death Penalty Information Center since its inception, covering subjects such as race, innocence, politicization, costs of the death penalty, and more. When opening a report, please allow the report page to load fully before selecting links to sections or footnotes. Most of these reports are also available in printed form from DPIC. For a copy of one of these reports, e-mail DPIC. For bulk orders, please download our Resource Order Form.

Reports are separated into Year End Reports, In-Depth Reports, and Special Reports. In-Depth Reports are DPIC's signature long, thorough reports on major death-penalty issues. These include "The 2% Death Penalty," examining geographic arbitrariness in capital punishment, and "Behind the Curtain," covering secrecy in the death penalty system. Special Reports are shorter, and typically address a specific event or question. These include DPIC's explanation of the 2017 spate of executions that were scheduled in Arkansas, and our analysis of the largest number of executions performed on a single day.



DPIC Special Reports

Aug 30, 2019

Texas Schedules Thirteen Executions in Last Five Months of 2019

The thir­teen exe­cu­tions sched­uled in Texas in the last five months of 2019 raise trou­bling ques­tions as to whether the state is exe­cut­ing the most moral­ly cul­pa­ble indi­vid­u­als for the worst of the worst crimes or the most vul­ner­a­ble pris­on­ers and …

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 14, 2018

The Death Penalty in 2018: Year End Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2018 Marked the Fourth Consecutive Year with Fewer than 30 Executions and Less than 50 Death Sentences Washington State Becomes 20th State to End Capital Punishment 

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Nov 20, 2018

Behind the Curtain: Secrecy and the Death Penalty in the United States

During the past sev­en years, states have begun con­duct­ing exe­cu­tions with drugs and drug com­bi­na­tions that have nev­er been tried before. They have done so behind an expand­ing veil of secre­cy laws that shield the exe­cu­tion process from pub­lic sc…

DPIC Special Reports

Sep 20, 2018

Ohio Executions Scheduled for 2017 – 2022

Ohio had sched­uled 27 exe­cu­tions to take place between July 2017 and September 2020. The first exe­cu­tion took place July 26, 2017. On September 1, 2017, the Governor