Five-Year and Three-Year Sentencing Trends: 2017

Death Sentences Imposed Nationwide, 2013-2017

Year Number of Sentences
2013 79
2014 73
2015 49
2016 31
2017 39
TOTAL 271

The Ten Counties that Imposed the Most New Death Sentences
in the Five-Year Period, 2013-2017

# County # of Death Sentences % of Death Sentences Imposed Nationwide
1. Riverside, CA 23 8.5%
2. Los Angeles, CA 19 7.0%
3. Maricopa, AZ 12 4.4%
4. Clark, NV 8 3.0%
5. Orange, CA 7 2.6%
6. Mobile, AL 6 2.2%
7. Kern, CA 6 2.2%
8. Oklahoma, OK 5 1.8%
9. Harris, TX 5 1.8%
10. San Bernardino, CA 4 1.5%
10. Hillsborough, FL 4 1.5%

The Counties that Imposed the Most New Death Sentences
in the Three-Year Period, 2015-2017*

# County # of Death Sentences % of Death Sentences Imposed Nationwide
1. Riverside, CA 14 11.8%
2. Los Angeles, CA 8 6.7%
3. Maricopa, AZ 7 5.9%
4. Clark, NV 6 5.0%
5. Mobile, AL 4 3.4%
6. Oklahoma, OK 4 3.4%

* All counties that averaged one or more death sentences per year.


Number of Jurisdictions Imposing New Death Sentences, 2013-2017

 

Years State Jurisdictions Federal Jurisdictions Jurisdictions
Counties States Fed Gvt Military Total % Decrease from 2013
2013 56 15 1 1 58  —
2014 56 20 1 0 57 1.7%
2015 35 14 1 0 36 37.9%
2016 28 13 0 0 28 51.7%
2017 29 14 1 0 30 48.3%