Entries tagged with “Executions

Policy Issues



Executions Overview


Lethal Injection


Apr 13, 2017

Arkansas’ plan to exe­cute sev­en pris­on­ers over an 11-day period

DPIC staff mem­bers Robert Dunham, Robin Konrad, and Anne Holsinger explain Arkansas’ plan to exe­cute sev­en pris­on­ers over an 11-day peri­od begin­ning April 17. They dis­cuss the state’s rea­sons for the con­densed exe­cu­tion sched­ule, cur­rent lit­i­ga­tion relat­ed to lethal injec­tion drugs, and the risks of this unprece­dent­ed rate of exe­cu­tions. Additional back­ground infor­ma­tion on the Arkansas’ exe­cu­tions is avail­able here.

Policy Issues

Human Rights


Apr 11, 2023

NEW RESOURCES: Human Rights and the Death Penalty

The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), with the sup­port of the Foreign Office of the Federal Government of Germany, recent­ly under­took a project exam­in­ing the U.S. death penal­ty through a human rights lens. DPIC has added a series of human rights pages to its web­site, refram­ing three aspects of the death penal­ty – race, con­di­tions of con­fine­ment, and exe­cu­tions – in light of human rights norms and treaties.

State & Federal Info

Federal Death Penalty


Jul 14, 2021

One Year Later, Execution Spree Lays Bare Federal Death Penalty’s Systemic Failures

At 3:00 a.m. Central time on July 14, 2020, after his notice of exe­cu­tion had expired, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) strapped Daniel Lewis Lee to an exe­cu­tion gur­ney in the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. With the exe­cu­tion cham­ber cur­tains closed, cor­rec­tion­al offi­cials left him there for four hours while fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tors filed plead­ings in a fed­er­al appeals court to lift a stay of exe­cu­tion they had for­got­ten was still in effect. When the stay was lift­ed at 6:36 a.m., with­out noti­fy­ing Lee’s coun­sel, the BOP


Upcoming Executions


Jul 11, 2023

RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: Updates to Upcoming Executions and Outcomes of Warrants Webpages

The Death Penalty Information Center main­tains an up-to-date list of sched­uled exe­cu­tions and out­comes of death war­rants issued by the states and fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. Updated each busi­ness day, the Upcoming Executions page con­tains inter­ac­tive maps dis­play­ing the cur­rent num­ber of active death war­rants, as well as the total num­ber of exe­cu­tions sched­uled for each year, through 2026. There are also tables list­ing addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about each of these cases.