Press Releases and Media Advisory Archive

12/15/2011 Press Release DPIC’s Year End Report: Death Sentences Drop Well Below 100; Lowest Number Since Capital Punishment was Reinstated in 1976 Death Penalty Information Center
12/6/2011 Press Release Two Year Assessment of Death Penalty Procedures Prompts Call for Suspension of Executions in Kentucky American Bar Association
12/6/2011 Press Release Administration of Justice Troubling in Kentucky; Report Highlights Flaws in System Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
11/7/2011 Press Release Hank Skinner Asks Governor Perry to Grant Thirty-Day Reprieve of Execution Attorneys for Hank Skinner
10/27/2011 Press Release Current and Former Elected Officials, Former Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Urge State Officials to Test DNA in Skinner Case Attorneys for Hank Skinner
10/19/2011 Press Release African Americans Illegally Barred From Serving on Juries Sue Alabama Prosecutor Over Racial Discrimination Equal Justice Initiative
10/12/2011 Press Release 16 Top National Nonprofits Working in Criminal Justice Philanthropedia
9/6/2011 Press Release Hank Skinner Files Motion for DNA Testing Under New Law, Asks Court to Withdraw Nov. 9 Execution Date Attorneys for Hank Skinner
9/1/2011 Press Release Texas Set to Execute Man Despite Improper Racist Evidence, Presented by Prosecution at Trial Texas Defender Service
8/29/2011 Press Release SAFE CA Announces Initiative to Replace CA Death Penalty SAFE California
8/26/2011 Press Release Statement Announcing Ballot Initiative to Replace California’s Death Penalty in 2012 California Taxpayers for Justice
7/14/2011 Press Advisory Shooting survivor sues Gov. Perry over violation of Victims’ Rights, demanding stay of Mark Stroman execution Attorneys for Rais Bhuiyan
6/28/2011 Press Release U.S. Supreme Court Urged to Stay Execution for Humberto Leal Garcia Whose Consular Rights Were Violated See also: Leal's Petition for Writ of Certiorari Attorneys for Humberto Leal
6/22/2011 Press Release On 35th Anniversary of Death Penalty's Reinstatement, New Report Shows System Remains Arbitrary and Unfair The Death Penalty Information Center
6/21/2011 Press Release Sister Helen Prejean Calls for Recall of Drug Unapproved for Use in
Executions
Sister Helen Prejean
6/10/2011 Press Release Victims’ Organizations Representing Survivors of Sexual Abuse Join Call for Stay of Execution for Humberto Leal Garcia Attorneys for Humberto Leal
6/7/2011 Press Release Former U.S. Diplomats, Retired Military Leaders, Judges, Prosecutors, & Americans Abroad Urge TX Governor to Grant Clemency to Humberto Leal Attorneys for Humberto Leal
3/30/2011 Press Release U.S. Attorney General Asked to Investigate Potential Violations of Federal Law by Texas Department of Criminal Justice; Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Maurie Levin, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas Capital Punishment Center
3/25/2011 Press Release House Committee Set to Hear Repeal Bill Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
3/16/2011 Press Release Statement from Attorney for Cleve Foster in Response to Change in Texas Execution Protocol Maurie Levin, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas Capital Punishment Center
3/9/2011 Press Release Illinois Governor Signs Bill Ending Death Penalty, Marking the Fewest States with Capital Punishment Since 1978 Death Penalty Information Center
3/7/2011 Press Release Supreme Court Rules Texas Inmate Can Use Federal Civil Rights Law to Seek DNA Testing The Innocence Project
2/24/2011 Press Release Georgia Department of Corrections Violates Federal Law in Desperate Effort to Get Drugs for Executions John Bentivoglio of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP
2/7/2011 Press Release Victims, Jurors Urge Clemency for Tim Adams Texas Defender Service
2/2/11 Press Release Lawsuit Filed Against FDA on Lethal Injections Sidney Austin LLP
1/11/11 Press Release Illinois Legislature Votes to Repeal the Death Penalty, Continuing a National Trend Away from Capital Punishment Death Penalty Information Center
12/21/10 Press Release DPIC Year End Report 2010: Executions Down 12% Nationwide, 29% in Texas; Death Sentences Near Historic Lows Death Penalty Information Center
12/7/10 Media Advisory Innocence Project to Present Evidence about Wrongful Executions of Cameron Todd Willingham and Claude Jones in Death Penalty Hearing The Innocence Project (NY)
11/16/10 Press Release Poll Shows Growing Support for Alternatives to the Death Penalty; Capital Punishment Ranked Lowest Among Budget Priorities Death Penalty Information Center
10/4/10 Media Advisory Fighting Crime in the U.S. and Internationally: Is the Death Penalty Necessary?
A Unique Conversation Between U.S. and European Law Enforcement - Oct. 13, 2010 National Press Club
Death Penalty Information Center
9/7/10 Press Release New Picture Has Emerged of Woman Facing Imminent Execution in Virginia Death Penalty Information Center
8/30/10 Press Release The NC Racial Justice Act and the SBI Audit: The Risk of Executing the Innocent Attorneys for Melvin White
7/22/10 Press Release Study of Death Penalty in North Carolina Shows That 'Race Matters' University of Colorado at Boulder
3/11/10 Media Advisory Critical DNA Evidence Untested As Texas Execution Nears Death Penalty Information Center
1/18/10 Press Release Death Penalty Costs N.C. Taxpayers $11 million a Year Duke Sanford School of Public Policy
12/18/09 Press Release DPIC's Year End Report: Death Sentences in U.S. Lowest Since Death Penalty Reinstated in 1976 Death Penalty Information Center
11/25/09 Press Release Public Advocate and Louisville Metro Chief Public Defender Call for Moratorium on Executions while ABA Reviews Administration of Death Penalty in KY Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
11/12/09 Press Release Leading Law Group Withdraws Model Death Penalty Laws Death Penalty Information Center
10/20/09 Press Release New Report Shows States Can Save Hundreds of Millions by Abolishing the Death Penalty Death Penalty Information Center
7/13/09 Press Release Two More Death Row Inmates Exonerated in Illinois and Florida Death Penalty Information Center
6/15/09 Press Release Death Penalty Does Not Deter Murder, According to New Survey of America’s Leading Criminologists Death Penalty Information Center
5/14/09 Press Release Another Inmate Exonerated From Death Row as New Evidence Leads Tennessee to Drop Charges Death Penalty Information Center
3/13/09 Press Release New Mexico's Legislature Votes to Abolish Death Penalty - Part of National Trend Away from Capital Punishment
En Español: LEGISLATURA DE NUEVO MEXICO VOTA POR ABOLICION
DE LA PENA DE MUERTE, HACIENDOSE ECO DE
TENDENCIA NACIONAL PARA ELIMINARLA
Death Penalty Information Center
12/11/08 Press Release USE OF DEATH PENALTY SHRINKS AND BECOMES MORE MARGINALIZED IN 2008 Death Penalty Information Center
12/5/08 Press Release Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Releases Report on Death Penalty Developments in 2008 Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
11/11/08 Press Release Florida Inmate Facing Imminent Execution Despite Evidence of Witness Tampering by Prosecution Death Penalty Information Center
10/27/08 Press Release Exonerated Ex-Death Row Prisoners Call for Examination of Texas Death Penalty System Witness to Innocence
8/18/08 Press Release Texas Set to Execute Inmate under Texas "Law of Parties" who did not Actually Committ Murder Texas Defender Service
8/11/08 Press Release Presidency Declaration on Behalf of the European Union on the Execution of Mr. Jose Medellin in the United States (Texas) Council of the European Union
6/25/08 Press Release U.S. Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty for Child Rape Unconstitutional Death Penalty Information Center
5/1/08 Press Release First Scheduled Execution Ending National Moratorium Is Based on False Evidence Georgia Resource Center
4/16/08 Press Release U.S. Supreme Court Narrowly Upholds Kentucky’s Lethal Injection Process Death Penalty Information Center
3/6/08 Press Release Maryland Death Penalty Has Cost State Taxpayers More Than $186 Million The Abell Foundation
1/08/08 Press Release Kenny Richey Released: Ohio releases Richey weeks after New Jersey repeal for fears of executing innocent Ohioans to Stop Executions
12/10/07 Press Release HISTORIC DEATH PENALTY VOTE REFLECTS GROWING NATIONAL SHIFT AWAY FROM CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Death Penalty Information Center
11/30/07 Press Release SUPREME COURT TO ADDRESS RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN DEATH PENALTY CASE Death Penalty Information Center
10/10/07 Press Release SOUTHERN CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS HONORS ATTORNEYS PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF GUANTANAMO DETAINEES Southern Center for Human Rights
6/28/07 Media Advisory Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Columbus Dispatch and Ohio News Network to Receive Journalism Awards Death Penalty Information Center
6/28/07 Press Release Supreme Court Rules Texas Man with Severe Mental Illness May Not be Executed Death Penalty Information Center
6/28/07 Press Release Supreme Court Says that Texas May Not Execute Severely Mentally Ill Man The Texas Defender's Service
6/9/07 Press Release Death Penalty Facing Crisis of Confidence with American Public, New Poll Finds Death Penalty Information Center
2/26/07 Press Release Panetti v. Quarterman Briefs Filed Today in US Supreme Court The Justice Project
12/14/06 Press Release USE OF DEATH PENALTY DECLINES IN 2006: Public Now Favors Life Without Parole, Lethal Injection Challenges Lead to Fewest Executions in a Decade, Death Sentences at 30-Year Low Death Penalty Information Center
10/26/06 Press Release Federal Court Poised to Issue Groundbreaking Ruling on Lethal Injection: Serious Problems Found in Methods Used Around the Country Death Penalty Information Center
9/17/06 Press Release Inconsistency Prevails in Lethal Injection Controversy
Many Inmates Executed While Others Are Spared
Death Penalty Information Center
6/27/06 Media Advisory DPIC Resources Available as
30th Anniversary of Gregg v. Georgia Approaches
(Spanish Version here.)
Death Penalty Information Center
6/23/06 Media Advisory Author Michael Meltsner to Join DPIC in Bestowing 10th Annual Thurgood Marshall Journalism Awards
Awards honor excellence in coverage of capital punishment
Death Penalty Information Center
2/27/06 Press Release JOHN BALLARD IS 123rd DEATH ROW INMATE FREED
Florida Man Acquitted of All Charges

Attachment: DPIC's Supplement to the Record of Senate Subcommittee Hearings on the Death Penalty Regarding DPIC's Innocence List
Death Penalty Information Center
12/21/05 Press Release 2005 MARKS EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF DEATH PENALTY CHANGE(En Espanol) DPIC’s Year End Report Reveals Record Low Death Sentences, Legislative Action, and Supreme Court Restrictions Death Penalty Information Center
11/16/05 Press Release Harold Wilson is the 122nd Death Row Inmate Freed
After 16 Years, Pennsylvania Man Acquitted of All Charges
Death Penalty Information Center
11/9/05 Press Release U.S. Death Penalty Continues Steady Decline as 1000th Execution Approaches
Public Opinion, Executions, Death Sentences Drop as Public Skepticism Rises
Death Penalty Information Center
10/27/05 Press Release New Report Examines Death Penalty Through Jurors' Experience
"Blind Justice Details How Death Penalty Fails Jurors"
Death Penalty Information Center
8/15/05 Press Release Two Cases Added to DPIC’s Innocence List, Bringing Total to 121 Death Penalty Information Center
4/25/05 Press Release DEATH SENTENCES CONTINUED TO DECLINE IN 2004
In 2004, 125 people were sentenced to death the death, the fewest number since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Death Penalty Information Center
12/14/04 Press Release DEATH PENALTY NUMBERS IN 2004 CONTINUE DRAMATIC FIVE-YEAR DECLINE Death Penalty Information Center
12/15/04 Press Release DPIC ISSUES NEW INNOCENCE REPORT: 116 NOW FREED FROM DEATH ROW IN 25 STATES Death Penalty Information Center
8/11/04 Press Release EXPERTS QUESTION "QUICK FIX" TO NEW YORK'S DEATH PENALTY Death Penalty Information Center
8/9/04 Press Release RYAN MATTHEWS IS 115TH DEATH ROW INMATE FREED Death Penalty Information Center
6/24/04 Press Release FULL RIGHT TO A JURY WILL NOT EXTEND TO OLDER CASES Death Penalty Information Center
5/28/04 Press Release GLARING DEFICIENCIES IN THE DEATH PENALTY SYSTEM CONFIRMED AS ANOTHER INMATE IS FREED Death Penalty Information Center
5/10/04 Press Release EXECUTION WITH INTERNATIONAL IMPLICATIONS NEARS CRISIS STAGE Death Penalty Information Center
2/24/04 Press Release SUPREME COURT SAYS TEXAS DEATH ROW INMATE WHO CAME WITHIN MINUTES OF EXECUTION WAS DENIED RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL Death Penalty Information Center
2/18/04 Press Release ALAN GELL, NATION'S 113th DEATH ROW INMATE TO BE EXONERATED, WALKS FREE AS NORTH CAROLINA MORATORIUM DEBATE CONTINUES Death Penalty Information Center
12/29/03 Press Release DPIC 2003 YEAR END REPORT: DEATH ROW POPULATION, EXECUTIONS, DEATH SENTENCES, PUBLIC SUPPORT ALL DECLINE IN 2003 Death Penalty Information Center
9/15/03 Press Release DOUBTS ABOUND IN UPCOMING TENNESSEE EXECUTION Death Penalty Information Center
7/29/03 Press Release DEATH ROW EXONERATIONS REACH RECORD NUMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY Death Penalty Information Center
7/16/03 Press Release DEATH PENALTY INFORMATION CENTER ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF ITS SEVENTH ANNUAL THURGOOD MARSHALL JOURNALISM AWARDS Death Penalty Information Center
5/30/03 Press Release CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON JOINS DC TEENS FOR SUMMIT ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Death Penalty Information Center
5/9/03 Press Release LOUISIANA MAN IS NATION'S 108th DEATH ROW EXONEREE Death Penalty Information Center
1/24/03 Press Release ANOTHER FLORIDA DEATH ROW INMATE TO BE RELEASED AFTER STATE DROPS ALL CHARGES Death Penalty Information Center
1/10/03 Press Release ILLINOIS GOVERNOR PARDONS FOUR DEATH ROW INMATES, CRITICIZES STATE'S "BROKEN" DEATH PENALTY Death Penalty Information Center
10/18/02 Press Release 2002 REPORT TRACES YEAR OF CHANGE IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: DPIC's Year End Report Examines Isolation of Death Penalty Use, Supreme Court Decisions, Reform Efforts Death Penalty Information Center
10/15/02 Press Release SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN TEXAS DEATH PENALTY CASE ON RACIALLY BIASED JURY SELECTION Death Penalty Information Center
8/27/02 Press Release AWARD-WINNING DEATH PENALTY CURRICULUM AVAILABLE FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR Death Penalty Information Center
8/1/02 Press Release KENTUCKY MAN IS NATION'S 102nd DEATH ROW EXONEREE Death Penalty Information Center
7/17/02 Press Release JOURNALISTS HONORED DURING SIXTH ANNUAL THURGOOD MARSHALL AWARDS Death Penalty Information Center
7/9/2002 Press Release SENATOR KENNEDY IS KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR DEATH PENALTY JOURNALISM AWARDS Death Penalty Information Center
7/1/02 Press Release JUDGE DECLARES FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS QUESTIONS OF INNOCENCE, FAIRNESS PERSIST Death Penalty Information Center
6/24/02 Press Release SUPREME COURT REQUIRES JURY PARTICIPATION IN DEATH SENTENCES Death Penalty Information Center
6/20/02 Press Release SUPREME COURT DECLARES EXECUTION OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL RETARDATION UNCONSTITUTIONAL Death Penalty Information Center
5/6/02 Press Release PENNSYLVANIA MAN IS 101st EXONERATED DEATH ROW INMATE Death Penalty Information Center
4/15/02 Press Release ILLINOIS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NATION'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE DEATH PENALTY REVIEW; RECOMMENDS SWEEPING CHANGES TO PROTECT INNOCENT, ENSURE FAIRNESS Death Penalty Information Center
4/15/02 Media Advisory ILLINOIS COMMISSION ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT TO RELEASE LANDMARK REPORT ON THE DEATH PENALTY Death Penalty Information Center
4/9/02 Press Release 100th DEATH ROW EXONEREE FREED IN ARIZONA Death Penalty Information Center
1/3/02 Press Release 99th DEATH ROW EXONEREE TO BE FREED IN FLORIDA Death Penalty Information Center
12/12/01 Press Release 2001 DEATH PENALTY REPORT FINDS 22% DECLINE IN EXECUTIONS, REFORM INITIATIVES GAINING GROUND Death Penalty Information Center
11/30/01 Press Release SHODDY REPRESENTATION, RACE BIAS NO BAR TO RECORD NUMBER OF EXECUTIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA Death Penalty Information Center
11/30/01 Press Release NORTH CAROLINA PREPARES TO EXECUTE INMATE REPRESENTED BY ALCOHOLIC ATTORNEY Death Penalty Information Center
5/11/01 Press Release RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, INEPT DEFENSE, AND BASIC UNFAIRNESS MAKE PENDING NORTH CAROLINA EXECUTION CLOSER TO THE NORM Death Penalty Information Center
4/13/01 Media Advisory LANDMARK NORTH CAROLINA STUDY OF RACE AND THE DEATH PENALTY TO BE RELEASED MONDAY Death Penalty Information Center
3/5/01 Press Release CONCERNS ABOUT AMERICA'S DEATH PENALTY POLICY RESONATE AS NATION APPROACHES 700th SCHEDULED EXECUTION SINCE REINSTATEMENT OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Death Penalty Information Center
1/15/01 Press Release IN RARE MOVE, FULL CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS WILL REVIEW DEATH ROW INMATE'S "SLEEPING LAWYER" CLAIM Death Penalty Information Center
12/29/00 Press Release TWO MORE DEATH ROW INMATES CLEARED, CAPPING A RECORD TWO-YEAR SPAN Death Penalty Information Center
12/20/00 Press Release 2000 REVIEW OF DEATH PENALTY FINDS WATERSHED YEAR OF CHANGE Death Penalty Information Center