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.

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DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 14, 2017

The Death Penalty in 2017: Year End Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Sees Second Fewest Death Sentences and Executions in 25 Years Public Support for Death Penalty Drops to 45-Year Low as Four More Death-Row Prisoners Exonerated in 2017 (Washingto…

DPIC Special Reports

Dec 08, 2017

Background on Arkansas April 2017 Executions

Eight exe­cu­tions were sched­uled in Arkansas from April 17 – 27, 2017. The state sched­uled two exe­cu­tions per day on four days dur­ing that peri­od. The men sched­uled for exe­cu­tion were (top row, from left to right) Br…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 21, 2016

The Death Penalty in 2016: Year End Report

Death Sentences, Executions Drop to Historic Lows in 2016 (Washington, D.C.) Death sen­tences, exe­cu­tions, and pub­lic sup­port for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment all con­tin­ued his­toric declines in 2016. American juries imposed the fewest death sentence…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 15, 2015

The Death Penalty in 2015: Year End Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Death Penalty Use in 2015 Declines Sharply Fewest Executions, Fewest Death Sentences, and Fewest States Employing the Death Penalty in Decades (…