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Death Penalty Information Center Biography

Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“We need to emphasize the common ground that we have with those who support the death penalty, returning often to the issue of innocence. We need to work in all parts of the educational process, in schools, churches, on the Internet, and through the media to reach every segment of the population with the message that the death penalty is seriously flawed.

The trends of fewer death sentences and executions will not just continue on their own. There are too many counter-influences, such as the expanding use of the federal death penalty, and the proliferation of politicians who always seize on the next brutal crime to promote their agenda with the death penalty. A lot will depend on the next generation, who may see the death penalty as outmoded, as a cumbersome, costly, and as an untenable government program undeserving of their hard-earned dollars. If they oppose the death penalty because it is morally wrong, so much the better. But if they are willing to say that this punishment has outgrown its usefulness, that we have better alternatives, and that it is time for the U.S. to join most of its allies, then tremendous progress will have been made.”

Richard C. Dieter, Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center, “The Death Penalty in the United States: Strategies for Change,” World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Feb. 1, 2007


“The Death Penalty Information Center is a national non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment… The Center is funded through the generosity of individual donors and foundations, including the Roderick MacArthur Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and the Proteus Action League.”

“About DPIC,” Death Penalty Information Center website (accessed Apr. 10, 2013)


“Founded in 1990, the Center promotes informed discussion of the death penalty by preparing in-depth reports, conducting briefings for journalists, and serving as a resource to those working on this issue. The Center releases an annual report on the death penalty, highlighting significant developments and featuring the latest statistics. The Center also produces groundbreaking reports on various issues related to the death penalty such as arbitrariness, costs, innocence, and race. We offer a wide variety of multimedia resources, such as our free, online educational curricula and our podcast series, DPIC on the Issues.”

“About DPIC,” Death Penalty Information Center website (accessed Apr. 10, 2013)

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