This special report, updated in June 2008, examines the most recent Supreme Court rulings on the death penalty as well as public opinion on, and the history of, the death penalty.
ANALYSIS Updated June 2008An Impassioned Debate: An Overview of the Death Penalty in America
Few public policy issues have inflamed passions as consistently and as strongly as the debate over capital punishment. Religious communities have been deeply involved on both sides of the issue, drawing on teachings and traditions that define justice and the dignity of human life.
ANALYSIS January 2012Majority Continues to Support Death Penalty
A November 2011 survey finds continued majority support for the death penalty in the U.S. Compared with 20 years ago, however, there is more concern today among death penalty opponents about flaws in the justice system and the possibility that innocent people could be put to death.
ANALYSIS December 2007 Death Penalty Timeline
A timeline of important court cases and legal milestones since 1972.