||Feb 04, 2011 by Criminal Justice Editorial Board
||The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The Center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue. This is an excellent resource for Criminal Justice classes as well as others that are studying the death penalty.
||Provide background information on the Death Penalty state by state, including law, usage, and statistics.
Provide information on US Supreme Court decisions impacting the death penalty.
Provide statistical information on the death penalty.
Provide information from law schools regarding the use of the death penalty.
Provide information for debate on specific issue such as execution of mentally ill people, juveniles, foreign nationals, etc.
Provide information on death penalty in other countries.
|Target Student Population:
||* High school students (The DPIC has a student research page that is oriented toward high school students and provides material on the death penalty in an appropriate manner).
*Undergraduate and graduate students (The material is especially appropriate for those studying topics related to corrections and punishment, introductory criminal justice, and in many specialized areas of sociology).
|Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
||Basic use of computer and the Internet is all that should be required to use this site. A basic knowledge of the criminal justice system and how courts and corrections work might be helpful for a more complete understanding of the material and issues involved.
|Type of Material:
||This website can be used both in and out of class. It is an excellent resource for research papers, class discussion, and debates.
This is a good source of factual information related to the death penalty.
||The DPIC has many reports available in the portable document format (PDF) which will require Adobe Reader. The site also includes flash videos which will require the appropriate software to view them and podcasts which will require the appropriate to listen to them.
The DPIC utilizes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and RSS to share and make information available. The DPIC also offers an email subscription service where weekly emails are forwarded that contain information and news related to the death penalty.