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 In-Depth Reports

Oct 01, 2013

The 2% Death Penalty: How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases at Enormous Costs to All

Likewise, only 2% of the coun­ties are respon­si­ble for the major­i­ty of today’s death row pop­u­la­tion and recent death sen­tences. To put it anoth­er way, all of the state exe­cu­tions since the death penal­ty was rein­stat­ed stem from cas­es in just 15% of the coun­ties in the U.S. The District Attorney respon­si­ble for this aggres­sive use was recently…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 18, 2012

The Death Penalty in 2012: Year End Report

(Washington, D.C.) Only nine states car­ried out exe­cu­tions this year, equal­ing the fewest num­ber of states to do so in 20 years, accord­ing to a new report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). More than half of the states (29) either have no death penal­ty or have not car­ried out an exe­cu­tion in five years. Many death…

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.) New death sen­tences dropped to 78 in 2011, rep­re­sent­ing a dra­mat­ic decline from last year’s num­ber of 112 and marking…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Jun 22, 2011

Struck by Lightning: The Continuing Arbitrariness of the Death Penalty Thirty-Five Years After Its Reinstatement in 1976

The United States Supreme Court approved the re-instate­ment of the death penal­ty 35 years ago on July 2, 1976. A major­i­ty of the nine Justices who served on the Supreme Court in 1976 when the death penal­ty was approved even­tu­al­ly con­clud­ed the exper­i­ment had failed. Four states have abol­ished the death penal­ty in the past four years, and…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 21, 2010

The Death Penalty in 2010: Year End Report

2010 Election Results Confirm Poll Finding Majority Favor Alternative Punishments and Will Support Politicians Who Vote for Repeal of the Death Penalty. (Washington, D.C.) The coun­try expe­ri­enced a 12 per­cent decrease in exe­cu­tions in 2010 com­pared to 2009 and a more than 50 per­cent drop com­pared to 1999, accord­ing to a report released today by…