Death Sentences Per Capita by State

State

Population as of 2007

Cumulative Death Sentences 1977 through 2007

Death Sentences per Capita (x 10,000)

1. Alabama

4,627,851

412

0.890

2. Oklahoma

3,617,316

296

0.818

3. Mississippi

2,918,785

163

0.558

4. Nevada

2,565,382

140

0.546

5. Delaware

864,764

43

0.497

6. North Carolina

9,061,032

436

0.481

7. Florida

18,251,243

845

0.463

8. South Carolina

4,407,709

186

0.422

9. Arizona

6,338,755

261

0.412

10. Arkansas

2,834,797

113

0.399

11. Texas

23,904,380

907

0.379

12. Louisiana

4,293,204

147

0.342

13. Missouri

5,878,415

185

0.313

14. Pennsylvania

12,432,792

345

0.277

15. Ohio

11,466,917

310

0.270

16. Tennessee

6,156,719

166

0.270

17. Idaho

1,499,402

40

0.267

18. Georgia

9,544,750

225

0.236

19. Illinois

12,852,548

299

0.233

20. California

36,553,215

802

0.219

21. Kentucky

4,241,474

82

0.193

22. Virginia

7,712,091

148

0.192

23. Oregon

3,747,455

69

0.184

24. Indiana

6,345,289

94

0.148

25. Nebraska

1,774,571

26

0.147

26. Wyoming

522,830

7

0.134

27. Montana

957,861

10

0.104

28. Maryland

5,618,344

53

0.094

29. South Dakota

796,214

6

0.075

30. New Mexico*

1,969,915

14

0.071

31. Utah

2,645,330

18

0.068

32. New Jersey*

8,685,920

57

0.066

33. Washington

6,468,424

37

0.057

34. Connecticut

3,502,309

13

0.037

35. Kansas**

2,775,997

8

0.029

36. Colorado

4,861,515

13

0.027

37. New York*†

19,297,729

8

0.004

38. New Hampshire

1,315,828

0

0.000

 

Population based on US Census Bureau 2007 Population Estimates

Death Sentences from Bureau of Justice Statistics, Capital Punishment Annual Reports

* States that have abolished the Death Penalty

**Kansas reinstated Death Penalty in 1994

† New York reinstated Death Penalty in 1995