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 10, 2008

The Death Penalty in 2008: Year End Report

Marginalization of the Death Penalty Deepens With 95% of Executions in the South Economic Concerns Bog Down Capital Punishment System Executions resumed in 2008 after a de fac­to mora­to­ri­um was effec­tive­ly lift­ed by the Supreme Co…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 17, 2007

The Death Penalty in 2007: Year End Report

Two dra­mat­ic events this year sym­bol­ized the broad changes that have been occur­ring in the death penal­ty around the coun­try. Executions halt­ed after September 25 when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a chal­lenge to the con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty of th…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Jun 09, 2007

A Crisis of Confidence: Americans’ Doubts About the Death Penalty

According to a nation­al pub­lic opin­ion poll con­duct­ed in 2007, the pub­lic is los­ing con­fi­dence in the death penal­ty. People are deeply con­cerned about the risk of exe­cut­ing the inno­cent, about the fair­ness of the process, and about the inabil­i­ty o…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 14, 2006

The Death Penalty in 2006: Year End Report

The use of the death penal­ty in the U.S. con­tin­ued to decline in 2006, con­sis­tent with a pat­tern over the past six years. Executions dropped to their low­est lev­el in 10 years as many states grap­pled with prob­lems relat­ed to wrong­ful con­vic­tions an…