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DPIC In-Depth Reports

Oct 20, 2009

Smart on Crime: Reconsidering the Death Penalty in Time of Economic Crisis

Smart on Crime is a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center that explores the prospect of sav­ing states hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars by end­ing the death penal­ty. The report also serves to release a nation­al poll of police chiefs in which they rank the death penal­ty at the bot­tom of their pri­or­i­ties for achiev­ing a safer society.…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Jun 09, 2007

A Crisis of Confidence: Americans’ Doubts About the Death Penalty

Most Americans believe that inno­cent peo­ple have already been exe­cut­ed, that the death penal­ty is not a deter­rent to crime, and that a mora­to­ri­um should be placed on all exe­cu­tions. Even among those who sup­port the death penal­ty and believe they would be qual­i­fied to serve on a cap­i­tal jury, the risk of con­vict­ing or exe­cut­ing the inno­cent would…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Oct 18, 2005

Blind Justice: Juries Deciding Life and Death With Only Half the Truth

Blind Justice, the most recent report to be released by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), is the first to focus on the prob­lems of the death penal­ty from the per­spec­tive of jurors. While jurors have always occu­pied an esteemed posi­tion in the broad­er crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem in the United States, in cap­i­tal cas­es the respon­si­bil­i­ty of…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Sep 01, 2004

Innocence and the Crisis in the American Death Penalty

This report cat­a­logs the emer­gence of inno­cence as the most impor­tant issue in the long-sim­mer­ing death penal­ty debate. The steady evo­lu­tion of this issue since the death penal­ty was rein­stat­ed in 1976 has been accel­er­at­ed in recent years by the devel­op­ment of DNA tech­nol­o­gy, the new gold stan­dard of foren­sic inves­ti­ga­tion. This evi­dence has…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Jun 04, 1998

The Death Penalty in Black and White: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides

The results of two new stud­ies which under­score the con­tin­u­ing injus­tice of racism in the appli­ca­tion of the death penal­ty are being released through this report. Unfortunately, the days of racial bias in the death penal­ty are not a rem­nant of the past. Two of the coun­try’s fore­most researchers on race and cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, law pro­fes­sor David…