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.

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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…

DPIC Year-End Reports

Dec 18, 1998

The Death Penalty in 1998: Year End Report

The num­ber of exe­cu­tions in 1998 declined slight­ly from the record num­ber in 1997. The num­ber of peo­ple on death row again moved to a record high and now stands at 3,517, though the Bureau of Justice Statistics report­ed a 19% drop in new death sen­tences in 1997.

DPIC In-Depth Reports

Jun 04, 1998

The Death Penalty in Black and White: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides

The results of two new stud­ies which under­score the con­tin­u­ing injus­tice of racism in the appli­ca­tion of the death penal­ty are being released through this report. Unfortunately, the days of racial bias in the death penal­ty are not a rem­nant of the past. Two of the coun­try’s fore­most researchers on race and cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, law pro­fes­sor David…