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DPIC In-Depth Reports

Nov 01, 1994

Millions Misspent: What Politicians Don’t Say About the High Costs of the Death Penalty

Yet these same states, and many oth­ers like them, are pour­ing mil­lions of dol­lars into the death penal­ty with no resul­tant reduc­tion in crime. The exor­bi­tant costs of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment are actu­al­ly mak­ing America less safe because bad­ly need­ed finan­cial and legal resources are being divert­ed from effec­tive crime fight­ing strate­gies. The death…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

May 01, 1994

The Future of the Death Penalty in the U.S.: A Texas-Sized Crisis

The rest of the coun­try should heed the warn­ing of the Texas expe­ri­ence before it embarks on a whole­sale expan­sion of the death penal­ty. The death penal­ty in Texas is in a state of cri­sis. And the costs of the death penal­ty in Texas are in the hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars with no end in sight. During the peri­od when Texas rose to become the…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Dec 31, 1993

Innocence and the Death Penalty: Assessing the Danger of Mistaken Executions

A recent nation­al poll found that the num­ber one issue rais­ing doubts among vot­ers regard­ing the death penal­ty is the dan­ger of a mis­tak­en execution.[1] Fifty-eight per­cent of vot­ers are dis­turbed that the death penal­ty might allow an inno­cent per­son to be executed.Earlier this year, the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights heard…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Apr 01, 1993

Sentencing for Life: Americans Embrace Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Contrary to the con­ven­tion­al wis­dom that Americans whole­heart­ed­ly sup­port the death penal­ty, the lat­est nation­al opin­ion poll released in con­junc­tion with this report shows that more peo­ple in this coun­try would pre­fer alter­na­tive sen­tences that guar­an­tee both pro­tec­tion and pun­ish­ment over the death penal­ty. Death penal­ty sup­port becomes a…