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 14, 2018
The Death Penalty in 2018: Year End Report
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2018 Marked the Fourth Consecutive Year with Fewer than 30 Executions and Less than 50 Death Sentences Washington State Becomes 20th State to End Capital Punishment
DPIC In-Depth Reports
Nov 20, 2018
Behind the Curtain: Secrecy and the Death Penalty in the United States
During the past seven years, states have begun conducting executions with drugs and drug combinations that have never been tried before. They have done so behind an expanding veil of secrecy laws that shield the execution process from public sc…
DPIC Special Reports
Sep 20, 2018
Ohio Executions Scheduled for 2017 – 2022
Ohio had scheduled 27 executions to take place between July 2017 and September 2020. The first execution took place July 26, 2017. On September 1, 2017, the Governor