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 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 (…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Nov 10, 2015

Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty

In many respects, vet­er­ans in the United States are again receiv­ing the respect and grat­i­tude they deserve for hav­ing risked their lives and served their coun­try. Wounded sol­diers are wel­comed home, and their courage in start­ing a new and difficul…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 18, 2014

The Death Penalty in 2014: Year End Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DEATH PENALTY 2014: FEWEST EXECUTIONS IN 20 YEARSFEWEST DEATH SENTENCES IN 40 YEARS Seven Death Row Inmates Exonerated, Highest in Five Years

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 15, 2013

The Death Penalty in 2013: Year End Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Executions Drop Below 40 for Only Second Time since 1994 Death Sentences Remain Near Record Lows, Number of States Repealing Capital Punishment Grows,and Publi…