Death Sentences Per Capita by State

State

Population as of 2010

Cumulative Death Sentences 1977 through 2013

Death Sentences per Capita (x 10,000)

1. Alabama

4,779,736

457

0.956

2. Oklahoma

3,751,351

309

0.823

3. Mississippi

2,967,297

174

0.586

4. Nevada

2,700,551

151

0.559

5. Delaware

897,934

47

0.523

6. Florida

18,801,310

941

0.500

7. Arizona

6,392,017

303

0.474

8. North Carolina

9,687,653

447

0.461

9. South Carolina

4,625,364

194

0.419

10. Arkansas

2,915,918

118

0.404

11. Texas

25,145,561

958

0.380

12. Louisiana

4,533,372

161

0.355

13. Missouri

5,988,927

197

0.328

14. Pennsylvania

12,702,379

375

0.295

15. Ohio

11,536,504

331

0.286

16. Tennessee

6,346,105

174

0.274

17. Idaho

1,567,582

42

0.267

18. California

37,253,956

922

0.247

19. Georgia

9,687,653

234

0.241

20. Illinois*

12,830,632

304

0.236

21. Kentucky

4,339,367

85

0.195

22. Oregon

3,831,074

75

0.195

23. Virginia

8,001,024

151

0.188

24. Nebraska

1,826,341

28

0.153

25. Indiana

6,483,802

98

0.151

26. Wyoming

563,626

7

0.124

27. South Dakota

814,180

9

0.110

28. Montana

989,415

10

0.101

29. Maryland*

5,773,552

53

0.091

30. Utah

2,763,885

19

0.068

31. New Mexico*

2,059,179

14

0.067

32. New Jersey*

8,791,894

57

0.064

33. Washington

6,724,540

39

0.057

34. Connecticut*

3,574,097

16

0.044

35. Kansas**

2,853,118

12

0.042

36. Colorado

5,029,196

15

0.029

37. New Hampshire

1,316,470

1

0.007

38. New York*†

19,378,102

8

0.004

 

Population based on US Census Bureau 2010 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