On December 14, 2018, the Death Penalty Information Center released its 2018 year-end report, detailing death penalty developments across the nation. The report notes that 2018 marked the fourth consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions and less than 50 new death sentences. Other significant developments include: Use of the death penalty remained at historic […]
In conjunction with Veterans Day earlier this month, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released a new report that chronicles the plight of some 300 veterans on death row nationwide, including many who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to report author Richard Dieter, “Defense attorneys representing veterans accused of capital crimes often fail […]
A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center notes that on the national level, less than 40 executions took place this year and new death sentences remained near a historic low, as well.
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Today, October 2, 2013, the Death Penalty Information Center released a new report, The 2% Death Penalty: How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases at Enormous Costs to All. The report shows that, contrary to the assumption that the death penalty is widely used nationwide, only a few jurisdictions employ capital punishment extensively. Only 2% of U.S. counties are responsible for the majority of cases leading to executions since 1976. Nine counties in Texas are among the top 15 counties by execution since 1976.