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 Year-End Reports

Dec 18, 1998

The Death Penalty in 1998: Year End Report

The num­ber of exe­cu­tions in 1998 declined slight­ly from the record num­ber in 1997. The num­ber of peo­ple on death row again moved to a record high and now stands at 3,517, though the Bureau of Justice Statistics report­ed a 19% drop in new death sen­tences in 1997.

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. The first study doc­u­ments the infec­tious pres­ence of racism in the death penal­ty, and demon­strates that this prob­lem has not slack­ened with time, nor is it restrict­ed to a sin­gle region…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Jul 01, 1997

Innocence and the Death Penalty: The Increasing Danger of Executing the Innocent

This report tells the sto­ries of peo­ple like Rolando Cruz, released after 10 years on Illinois’s death row, despite the fact that anoth­er man had con­fessed to the crime short­ly after his con­vic­tion; and Ricardo Aldape Guerra, who returned to Mexico after 15 years on Texas’s death row because of a pros­e­cu­tion that a fed­er­al judge called outrageous…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 17, 1996

The Death Penalty in 1996: Year End Report

The over­all pace of exe­cu­tions in the United States remained high in 1996 and the prospects for the future are for even greater num­bers of peo­ple put to death each year. This year, the five states with the largest death rows (California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois) togeth­er were respon­si­ble for only 8 executions.