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The death penalty is a warning, just like a lighthouse throwing its beams out to sea. We hear about shipwrecks, but we do not hear about the ships the lighthouse guides safely on their way. We do not have proof of the number of ships it saves, but we do not tear the lighthouse down.  - poet Hyman Barshay


 

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death penalty facts by state

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Numbers of prisoners on death row in each state


Alabama - 196
as of 01/05

Florida - 382
as of 01/05

Louisiana - 94
as of 01/05

New Hampshire - 0
as of 01/05

Oregon - 32
as of 01/05

Virginia - 23
as of 01/02

Arizona - 131
as of 01/05

Georgia - 113
as of 01/05

Maryland - 9
as of 01/05

New Jersey - 15
as of 01/05

Pennsylvania - 231
as of 01/05

Washington - 11
as of 01/02

Arkansas - 38
as of 01/05

Idaho - 20
as of 01/05

Mississippi - 70
as of 01/05

New Mexico - 2
as of 01/05

South Carolina - 74
as of 01/05

Wyoming - 2
as of 01/02

California - 639
as of 01/05

Illinois - 9
as of 01/05

Missouri - 57
as of 01/05

New York - 2
as of 01/05

South Dakota - 4
as of 01/05
 

Colorado - 3
as of 01/05

Indiana - 35
as of 01/05

Montana - 4
as of 01/05

North Carolina - 197
as of 01/05

Tennessee - 106
as of 01/05

Connecticut - 8
as of 01/05

Kansas - 7
as of 01/05

Nebraska - 8
as of 01/05

Ohio - 202
as of 01/05

Texas - 447
as of 01/05

Federal - 35
as of 02/02

Delaware - 19
as of 01/05

Kentucky - 36
as of 01/05

Nevada - 86
as of 01/05

Oklahoma - 98
as of 01/05

Utah - 10
as of 01/05

 Military - 7
as of 01/02

 

States that do not have the death penalty
Alaska  Maine Minnesota Vermont
Hawaii Massachusetts North Dakota West Virginia
Iowa Michigan Rhode Island Wisconsin
Additionally, the jurisdiction of the  District of Columbia does not have a death penalty.

Death penalty laws by state: Court TV has a good resource for the laws of each state pertaining to the death penalty.  This is a MAP that shows death penalty states.  Or you can click on the individual states listed above to access the Court TV information.  The detail page also shows the minimum age for the death penalty and how many executions have been carried out since the death penalty was reinstated.  I don't know how up-to-date this info is.  


Executions by Year

YEAR

1976 1977 1978 1979

Executions

0 1 0 2
YEAR 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Executions 0 1 2 5 21 18 18 25 11 16
YEAR 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Executions 23 14 31 38 31 56 45 74 68 98
YEAR 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Executions 85 66 71 65 59  

 
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