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 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…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

May 01, 1992

Justice on the Cheap: The Philadelphia Story

Them with­out the cap­i­tal get the pun­ish­ment” is a well-worn phrase among those who have stud­ied the unequal appli­ca­tion of the death penal­ty in America. While already inad­e­quate fund­ing for indi­gent defense pro­grams is being slashed across the nation in the face of shrink­ing state bud­gets, Pennsylvania pro­vides no funds at all for such…