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 Special Reports

Mar 23, 2017

DPIC Analysis: What is the Most Executions Conducted in the U.S. in the Shortest Time Span?

On February 27, 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed orders for an unprece­dent­ed eight exe­cu­tions to be car­ried out over a peri­od of eleven days in April. We looked into this and found that, since states resumed exe­cu­tions in the 1970s, no state has ever exe­cut­ed eight pris­on­ers in eleven days. Only four states have car­ried out multiple…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 21, 2016

The Death Penalty in 2016: Year End Report

(Washington, D.C.) Death sen­tences, exe­cu­tions, and pub­lic sup­port for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment all con­tin­ued his­toric declines in 2016. American juries imposed the fewest death sen­tences in the mod­ern era of U.S. cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, since the Supreme Court declared exist­ing death penal­ty statutes uncon­sti­tu­tion­al in 1972. The 20 exe­cu­tions this year…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 15, 2015

The Death Penalty in 2015: Year End Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDeath Penalty Use in 2015 Declines SharplyFewest Executions, Fewest Death Sentences, and Fewest States Employing the Death Penalty in Decades(Washington, D.C.) The use of the death penal­ty in the U.S. The 28 exe­cu­tions this year marked the low­est num­ber since 1991, accord­ing to a report released today by the Death Penalty…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Nov 10, 2015

Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty

PTSD has affect­ed an enor­mous num­ber of vet­er­ans return­ing from com­bat zones. Over 800,000 Vietnam vet­er­ans suf­fered from PTSD. Perhaps even more sur­pris­ing, when many of these vet­er­ans faced death penal­ty tri­als, their ser­vice and relat­ed ill­ness­es were bare­ly touched on as their lives were being weighed by judges and juries. Despite being given…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 18, 2014

The Death Penalty in 2014: Year End Report

DEATH PENALTY 2014: FEWEST EXECUTIONS IN 20 YEARSFEWEST DEATH SENTENCES IN 40 YEARS Seven Death Row Inmates Exonerated, Highest in Five Years. (Washington, D.C.) With 35 exe­cu­tions this year, 2014 marks the fewest peo­ple put to death since 1994, accord­ing to a report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). The 72 new death…