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

Sep 15, 2020

Enduring Injustice: the Persistence of Racial Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty

(Washington, D.C.) As social move­ments pres­sure pol­i­cy­mak­ers to redress injus­tices in the crim­i­nal legal sys­tem and to insti­tute reforms to make the process more fair and equi­table, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) today released, Enduring Injustice: the Persistence of Racial Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty.” This report…

Jul 20, 2020

The Federal Government Restarts Federal Executions Amid Procedural Concerns and a Pandemic

The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment exe­cut­ed Daniel Lewis Lee the morn­ing of July 14, 2020. His exe­cu­tion was the first con­duct­ed by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment in sev­en­teen years, and it was fol­lowed close­ly by the exe­cu­tions of Wesley Ira Purkey (July 16) and Dustin Lee Honken (July 17). With these exe­cu­tions, the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has joined the small minority…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 17, 2019

The Death Penalty in 2019: Year End Report

Capital pun­ish­ment con­tin­ued to with­er across the United States in 2019, dis­ap­pear­ing com­plete­ly in some regions and sig­nif­i­cant­ly erod­ing in oth­ers. New Hampshire became the 21st state to abol­ish the death penal­ty and California became the fourth state with a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions. With those actions, half of all U.S. states have abol­ished the…