Hawaii

General Information

Death Penalty: No
Date of Abolition: 1957

Capital: Honolulu
Population: 1,360,301
Governor: David Ige
Legislative Information: Senate
House of representatives

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History of the Death Penalty
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Na Pali Coast, Kauai. Photo by Julius Silver.


History of the Death Penalty

Hawaii abolished the death penalty before it was granted statehood in 1959. There were 49 executions before abolition in the late 1800's and early 1900's, all of which were hangings for murder. Almost all of those executed were minorities such as Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, or Filipino.

Milestones abolition/reinstatement

Hawaii abolished the death penalty in 1957.

Attempts to reinstate the death penalty have been presented to the state legislature over 15 times but have been unsuccessful.

Other interesting facts

In 2010, two Hawaiian inmates killed another Hawaiian inmate in one of the state's mainland facilities in Arizona. The two inmates are facing the possibility of a death sentence despite the fact that they are Hawaiian prisoners, because the crime was committed in Arizona.


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Department of Corrections

Prosecutors

Public defender's office

ACLU of Hawaii

Victims' services


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