Where the Death Penalty Still Lives

As capital punishment declines nationwide, a tiny fraction of the country generates an alarming number of death sentences. What this new geography tells us about justice in America. By EMILY BAZELONAUG, originally published by The New York Times Magazine On a Saturday evening in July 2013, just before 6:30, James Rhodes was recorded on a […]

COST STUDY: Nebraska Death Penalty Costing Taxpayers $14.6 million a year

Nebraskans would save $14.6 million a year by replacing the death penalty with a sentence of life imprisonment, according to an economic study prepared for opponents of a referendum to restore capital punishment in the state. The study written by Creighton University economist Ernie Goss was released Monday at a news conference in Lincoln. The […]

10 years…Today marks a decade without an execution in Montana

On August 11th 2006, Montana held an execution. Since then, executions have been on hold pending inmate appeals and lethal injection litigation. But as we look back at the last ten years of an execution-free Montana, what do we see? Ten years later, what has happened in the fight to end the death penalty? The […]

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware Supreme Court rules the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional.

In a 3-2 decision, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. The 98-page opinion from Chief Justice Leo Strine found that certain aspects of Delaware’s statute conflict with a recent U.S. Supreme Court Case striking down Florida’s capital punishment program. Justice Karen Valihura issued a split opinion, while Justice James T. […]

NEW RESOURCE: Political Party Platforms on Capital Punishment

As support for the death penalty has waxed and waned over the years, the views of the major U.S. political parties, as reflected in their national convention platforms, has changed. To track those changes, DPIC has created a new resource presenting the Democratic and Republican party platform positions on crime and the death penalty from […]