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, 2012

The Death Penalty in 2012: Year End Report

DEATH SENTENCES IN 2012 REMAIN NEAR HISTORIC LOW Key Southern States Had No Death Sentences or No Executions, According to New Report Number of Death Penalty States Drops with Co…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 15, 2011

The Death Penalty in 2011: Year End Report

DPIC’s Year End Report: Death Sentences Drop Well Below 100; Lowest Number Since Capital Punishment was Reinstated in 1976 Executions Decline Nationwide; Texas Executions Decrease by Almost Half Over Two Years (Washington, D.C.…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 21, 2010

The Death Penalty in 2010: Year End Report

DPIC’s Year End Report: Executions Down 12% Nationwide, 29% in Texas; Death Sentences Near Historic Lows 2010 Election Results Confirm Poll Finding Majority Favor Alternative Punishments and Will Support Politicians Who Vote for Repeal o…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 17, 2009

The Death Penalty in 2009: Year End Report

DPIC’s Year End Report: Death Sentences in U.S. Lowest Since Death Penalty Reinstated in 1976 11 States Considered Ending Capital Punishment dur­ing 2009 Budget Crunch (Washington, D.C.) The coun­try is expect­ed to fin­ish 2009 wit…