Year End 2013

THE DEATH PENALTY IN 2013: YEAR END REPORT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Executions Drop Below 40 for Only Second Time since 1994

Death Sentences Remain Near Record Lows, Number of States Repealing Capital Punishment Grows,
and Public Support for Death Penalty at 40-Year Low

(Washington, D.C.) With 39 executions in 2013, this year marks only the second time in nearly two decades that the United States executed less than 40 people, according to a report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). One of the reasons for fewer executions in 2013 was states’ inability to obtain lethal injection drugs.

Executions declined about 10% compared to 2012 - from 43 last year to 39 this year - and by 60% since 1999. There were 80 new death sentences in 2013, about the same as last year (77), which was the lowest number since 1973. Death sentences have declined by 75% from 1996, when there were 315.

“Twenty years ago, use of the death penalty was increasing. Now it is declining by almost every measure,” said Richard Dieter, DPIC’s Executive Director and the author of the report. “The recurrent problems of the death penalty have made its application rare, isolated, and often delayed for decades. More states will likely reconsider the wisdom of retaining this expensive and ineffectual practice.”

In line with the death penalty’s decline, the number of states with capital punishment laws dropped to 32 this year, as Maryland became the 18th abolition state. Six states in six years have abandoned capital punishment: Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and New Mexico.

In 2013, public support for the death penalty as measured in the annual Gallup poll declined to 60%, its lowest level in 40 years. In Boston, a strong majority (57%) of residents supported a sentence of life without parole for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, while only 33% of respondents supported a death sentence.

State-by-state data illustrate the decline in death penalty use this year:

  • Two states, Texas and Florida, were responsible for the majority (59%) of executions nationwide. Texas had 16 executions and Florida had 7.
  • For the sixth year in a row, Texas had less than 10 death sentences, a stark contrast from 1999, when it recorded 48.
  • Prominent death penalty states, including South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Louisiana, had no death sentences in 2013.
  • California had about 30% of the country’s death sentences, though the state has not carried out an execution in seven years.

In October, DPIC released an analysis of the death penalty by county that showed only two percent of the counties in the U.S. have been responsible for the majority of cases leading to executions since 1976. Eighty-five percent of the counties in the U.S. have not had a single case resulting in an execution in more than 45 years. (deathpenaltyinfo.org/twopercent)

Contact:
Elaine de Leon, Communications Director
Phone: 202-289-4022
Email:
edeleon@deathpenaltyinfo.org
Twitter: @DPInfoCtr


2013 DEATH SENTENCES

First Name Last Name State County Death Sentences by State
Dontae  Callen AL Jefferson Alabama: 5
Thomas  Crowe AL Blount  
Carlos  Kennedy AL Mobile  
Joshua  Russell AL Calhoun  
Nicholas  Smith AL Calhoun  
Darrel  Ketchner AZ Mohave Arizona: 3
Joel  Escalante-Orozco AZ Maricopa  
Vincent  Guarino AZ Maricopa  
Jeffrey  Aguilar CA Ventura California: 24
Emilio Avalos CA Riverside  
Ronald  Brim CA Los Angeles  
Nathan  Burris CA Contra Costa  
Osman  Canales CA Los Angeles  
Daniel  Cervantes CA Riverside  
Carlos  Contreras CA Riverside  
Rickie  Fowler CA San Bernardino  
Travis  Frazier CA Kern  
Robert  Galvan CA Kings  
Richard  Hirschfield CA Sacramento  
Emrys  John CA Riverside  
Waymon  Livingston CA Orange  
Jesse  Manzo CA Riverside  
Desi  Marentes CA Los Angeles  
Tyrone  Miller CA Riverside  
Joseph  Naso CA Marin  
Kenneth  Nowlin CA Kern  
Christian  Perez CA Los Angeles  
John  Perez CA Los Angeles  
Rudy  Ruiz CA Los Angeles  
Charles  Smith CA Los Angeles  
Anthony  Wade CA Orange  
Michael  Walters CA Kings  
Kaboni  Savage Federal Federal District of Pennsylvania Federal: 1
Michael  Bargo FL Marion Florida: 15
John  Campbell FL Citrus  
Steven  Cozzie FL Walton  
Wayne  Doty FL Bradford  
Richard  Franklin FL Columbia  
Victor  Guzman FL Miami-Dade  
Derral  Hodgkins FL Pasco  
Kenneth  Jackson FL Hillsborough  
Kim  Jackson FL Duval  
Joseph  Jordan FL Volusia  
Joel  Lebron FL Miami-Dade  
Khadafy  Mullens FL Pinellas  
Khalid  Pasha FL Hillsborough  
John  Sexton FL Pasco  
Delmer  Smith III FL Manatee  
Jeremy  Moody GA Fulton Georgia: 1
William  Gibson IN Floyd Indiana: 3
Kevin  Isom IN Lake  
Jeffrey  Weisheit IN Clark  
Nidal  Hasan Military  Military: 1
Robert  Blurton MO Clay Missouri: 3
Jesse  Driskill MO LaClede  
David  Hosier MO Cole  
Timothy  Evans MS Hancock  
James  Hutto MS Hinds Mississippi: 2
Mario  McNeill NC Cumberland North Carolina: 1
Bryan  Hall NV Clark Nevada: 2
Gregory  Hover NV Clark  
Richard  Beasley OH Summit Ohio: 4
Steven  Cepec OH Medina  
Curtis  Clinton OH Erie  
Dawud  Spalding OH Summit  
Mica  Martinez OK Comanche Oklahoma: 1
Omar  Cash PA Philadelphia Pennsylvania: 4
Kevin  Murphy PA Westmoreland  
Ricky  Smyrnes PA Westmoreland  
Aric  Woodard PA York  
Micah  Brown TX Hunt Texas: 9
Obel  Cruz-Garcia TX Harris  
Franklin  Davis TX Dallas  
Bartholomew  Granger TX Jefferson  
James  Harris, Jr. TX Brazoria  
Willie  Jenkins TX Hays  
Matthew  Johnson TX Dallas  
Albert  Love, Jr. TX McLennan  
Naim  Muhammad TX Dallas  
Byron  Scherf WA Snohomish Washington: 1