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 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…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Oct 18, 2005

Blind Justice: Juries Deciding Life and Death With Only Half the Truth

Blind Justice, the most recent report to be released by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), is the first to focus on the prob­lems of the death penal­ty from the per­spec­tive of jurors. This report exam­ines the ways in which the death penal­ty fails jurors and, in turn, fails as a sys­tem of jus­tice. It looks at the dis­tort­ed way jurors are…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 15, 2004

The Death Penalty in 2004: Year End Report

Whether exam­in­ing death sen­tences, exe­cu­tions, the size of death row or pub­lic sup­port, cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment num­bers have dropped in a way not seen in over 30 years. In Texas, Houston‘s Police Chief, Harold Hurtt, called for a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions on cas­es from his coun­ty, where the police crime lab has been declared unre­li­able: I think it…

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Sep 01, 2004

Innocence and the Crisis in the American Death Penalty

This report cat­a­logs the emer­gence of inno­cence as the most impor­tant issue in the long-sim­mer­ing death penal­ty debate. The steady evo­lu­tion of this issue since the death penal­ty was rein­stat­ed in 1976 has been accel­er­at­ed in recent years by the devel­op­ment of DNA tech­nol­o­gy, the new gold stan­dard of foren­sic inves­ti­ga­tion. This evi­dence has…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 18, 2003

The Death Penalty in 2003: Year End Report

The death penal­ty con­tin­ued its recent attri­tion in 2003, with exe­cu­tions, death sen­tences, and the death row pop­u­la­tion all low­er than a few years ago. Public sup­port for the death penal­ty dropped to its low­est lev­el in 25 years. Executions are down 34% when com­pared to 98 exe­cu­tions in 1999.DEATH ROW: The size of death row is small­er than it was…