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, 2002

The Death Penalty in 2002: Year End Report

As in almost every year since the death penal­ty was rein­stat­ed in 1976, the South led the U.S. Texas car­ried out 33 exe­cu­tions this year, near­ly half of the coun­try’s total exe­cu­tions (71) and near­ly 5 times as many as Oklahoma, the next lead­ing state with 7. since the death penal­ty was rein­stat­ed, 13 (62%) have been in Texas.

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 12, 2001

The Death Penalty in 2001: Year End Report

For the first time since the death penal­ty was rein­stat­ed, the num­ber of peo­ple on death row also appears to be decreas­ing. A drop in the num­ber of exe­cu­tions in the lead­ing death penal­ty states of Texas and Virginia con­tributed to the first two-year decline since the death penal­ty was rein­stat­ed. The num­ber of peo­ple on death row also declined,…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 19, 2000

The Death Penalty in 2000: Year End Report

A broad change in the way the American pub­lic views cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment was pre­cip­i­tat­ed by a steady sequence of eye-open­ing events, includ­ing releas­es from death row, reports on the unfair­ness of the process, and gov­ern­men­tal action to lim­it or halt the death penalty.

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 01, 1999

The Death Penalty in 1999: Year End Report

Such mis­takes in the appli­ca­tion of the death penal­ty have result­ed in pro­pos­als from state leg­is­la­tors, judges, and reli­gious and inter­na­tion­al lead­ers to impose a mora­to­ri­um on the death penal­ty. Legislation to reform or stop the death penal­ty pro­gressed fur­ther than at any time in recent years.

Oct 01, 1999

International Perspectives on the Death Penalty: A Costly Isolation for the U.S.

ignores these appeals and even the more mod­er­ate steps called for by the inter­na­tion­al human rights com­mu­ni­ty. This vio­la­tion alone has result­ed in mul­ti­ple adverse deci­sions from the International Court of Justice, in repeat­ed crit­i­cism from our clos­est allies, and by apolo­gies from our Secretary of State, even as the lethal injec­tions take…