State by State: Death Penalty Laws

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Today, the majority of U.S. states have a death penalty, though implementation — in terms of sentencing, clemency and methods — differs widely. Our interactive map — compiling information from the Death Penalty Information Center’s database and the U.S. Census Bureau — highlights current death row populations in states that have it, and the number of executions carried out since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Use the drop-down menu below to select a statistic. Mouse over the map and use the tools on the top left to zoom in and out.

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  • Kent Murray

    This map shows date per 100,000 persons, not per capita (per person)

  • steve_r_w

    The map has pop-ups that say “Death row population per capita”. This means in Alabama there are more than 4 people on death row for every person walking around free. Go figure.