Death Penalty Information Center

The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization focused on providing the public with information about various issues concerning capital punishment.  It links you to resources that offer both pro and con positions regarding the death penalty, while also putting forth in-depth reports, providing access to an execution database, and breaking down information about the death penalty by state.

This is a great resource if you’re interested in the field Criminal Justice or if you’re just intrigued by this hotly-debated issue.

Reviewed in Choice Reviews Online, reviewer M. Sylvia highlights some key features of the site:

Supreme Court cases on the death penalty, pending and final, are summarized and linked to full opinions. Statistical information taken from government resources and statistics on death sentences (by state and by year) are available, as well as state-by-state legislative activity. A searchable database of executions is included; users may limit by date, age, race of victim, race and gender of person executed, method of execution, and other factors. The site incorporates facts about death row, including information on the size of the death row population by year; inmates by state and by race; and time spent on death row.”

There is a lot of information to be found on the Death Penalty Information Center‘s website.  Take the time to familiarize yourself with the resources and information they offer.  Next time you have a paper to write or a speech to give on a hot topic, consider this and remember that (in addition to the amazing books and articles the SCC Library provides access to) sometimes you can find quality sites online, like this one, that can provide quality information.


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