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 In-Depth Reports
Sep 15, 2020
Enduring Injustice: the Persistence of Racial Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty
DPIC Releases Report Placing Death Penalty in Historical Context as a “Descendant of Slavery, Lynching, and Segregation” Death Penalty Must Be Part of Current Debate About Criminal Legal System Reforms (Washington, D.C.) As social movements pressure policymakers to redress injustices in the criminal legal system and to institute reforms to make…
Jul 20, 2020
The Federal Government Restarts Federal Executions Amid Procedural Concerns and a Pandemic
The federal government executed Daniel Lewis Lee the morning of July 14, 2020. His execution was the first conducted by the federal government in seventeen years, and it was followed closely by the executions of Wesley Ira Purkey (July 16) and Dustin Lee Honken (July 17). With these executions, the federal government has joined the small minority…
DPIC Year-End Reports
Dec 17, 2019
The Death Penalty in 2019: Year End Report
Capital punishment continued to wither across the United States in 2019, disappearing completely in some regions and significantly eroding in others. New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish the death penalty and California became the fourth state with a moratorium on executions. With those actions, half of all U.S. states have abolished the…