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 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. Supreme Court rein­stat­ed the death penal­ty in 1976, accord­ing to a report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center. Read The Death Penalty in 2009: Year End Report”…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Oct 20, 2009

Smart on Crime: Reconsidering the Death Penalty in Time of Economic Crisis

Smart on Crime is a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center that explores the prospect of sav­ing states hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars by end­ing the death penal­ty. The report also serves to release a nation­al poll of police chiefs in which they rank the death penal­ty at the bot­tom of their pri­or­i­ties for achiev­ing a safer society.…

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…