Death Penalty Information Center

Death Penalty Information Center

The Death Penalty Information Center (abbreviated DPIC) is a non-profit organization that focuses on disseminating studies and reports related to the death penalty by itself and others to the news media and general public. The Center was founded in 1990 and is primarily focused on the application of capital punishment in the United States.

The Center is based in Washington, D.C., and its executive director is Richard Dieter.



The Center does not take an official position on the death penalty,[1] but is widely recognized by the news media as an anti-death penalty group[2]. According to the pro-death penalty prosecutor Steve Stewart, the DPIC is "probably the single most comprehensive and authoritative internet resource on the death penalty", but "this site makes absolutely no effort to present any pro-death penalty views, and liberally spreads propaganda and rhetoric on behalf of "the cause".[3]

The DPIC also has been criticized for its list of exonerated death row inmates by Ward A. Campbell, a supervising deputy state attorney general in Sacramento, California, who argues that the list of exonerated inmates is dishonestly portrayed as a list of actually innocent inmates, when in fact one can only be certain that they are legally innocent.[4]

Citation to the U.S. supreme court

On, January 7, 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Baze v. Rees, a case challenging the three-drug cocktail used for many executions by lethal injection. The respondent's lawyer, Roy T. Englert, Jr., referred to the Death Penalty Information Center's list of "botched" executions. He criticized it because a majority of the executions on the list, according to respondent, "did not involve the infliction of pain, but were only delayed by technical problems (e.g., difficulty in finding a suitable vein)". [5][6]

See also


  1. ^ "Contact DPIC". Retrieved November 30, 2010. "We are willing to answer FACTUAL questions from the general public, but not offer OPINIONS." 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Death penalty links on Clarkprosecutor
  5. ^ Baze v. Rees oral arguments.
  6. ^ DPIC list of botched executions.

External links

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