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

Executions resumed in 2008 after a de fac­to mora­to­ri­um was effec­tive­ly lift­ed by the Supreme Court fol­low­ing its deci­sion uphold­ing lethal injec­tion. But only the South returned to reg­u­lar exe­cu­tions, account­ing for 95% of exe­cu­tions car­ried out in the coun­try in 2008. The 115 sen­tences in 2007 was the low­est num­ber since the death penal­ty was…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 17, 2007

The Death Penalty in 2007: Year End Report

New Jersey’s action fol­lows the removal of the last per­son from New York’s death row in 2007, the final step in remov­ing New York from the list of death penal­ty states, which now num­bers 36. New York’s high court over­turned the death penal­ty in 2004, and after pub­lic hear­ings, the leg­is­la­ture reject­ed attempts to restore the punishment.

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Jun 09, 2007

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

Most Americans believe that inno­cent peo­ple have already been exe­cut­ed, that the death penal­ty is not a deter­rent to crime, and that a mora­to­ri­um should be placed on all exe­cu­tions. Even among those who sup­port the death penal­ty and believe they would be qual­i­fied to serve on a cap­i­tal jury, the risk of con­vict­ing or exe­cut­ing the inno­cent would…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 15, 2005

The Death Penalty in 2005: Year End Report

The year 2005 may be remem­bered as the year that life with­out parole became an accept­able alter­na­tive to the death penal­ty in the U.S. The declin­ing use of the death penal­ty in 2005 extend­ed the steady drop in death sen­tences and in the size of the death row in recent years. The pro­jec­tion for 2005 is 96 death sen­tences (based on data from 3/​4 of…