Death-Row Prisoners by State and Size of Death Row by Year

Death-Row Prisoners by State

Size of Death Row by Year


DEATH-ROW PRISONERS BY STATE


Total Number of Death-Row Prisoners* as of April 1, 2017: 2,843

State
# of
Prisoners
 
State
# of
Prisoners
 
State
# of
Prisoners
California 744 U.S. Fed. Gov't. 62 Idaho 8
Florida 386 Mississippi 49 Washington 8
Texas 247 Oklahoma 47 Virginia 6
Alabama 193 South Carolina 42 U.S. Military 5
Pennsylvania 169 Arkansas 36 Colorado 3
North Carolina 154 Kentucky 33 South Dakota 3
Ohio 143 Oregon 33 Montana 2
Arizona 124 Missouri 25 New Mexico** 2
Nevada 81 Indiana 12 New Hampshire 1
Louisiana 75 Kansas 10 Wyoming 1
Georgia 62 Nebraska 10 Delaware 0^
Tennessee 62 Utah 9    

 

Source: Death Row Population Figures from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. "Death Row USA" (April 1, 2017).

* Figures include persons whose death sentences have been overturned but who still face the possibility of being re-sentenced to death after a new trial or new sentencing hearing. The number of prisoners in the U.S. facing active death sentences is lower.

** New Mexico repealed the death penalty in March 2009, but the law was not made retroactive. 2 remain on death row.

^ The Delaware Supreme Court declared the state's death-penalty statute unconstutitional in 2016. The state's 17 former death-row prisoners have been resentenced to life without parole.

 

See States without the death penalty


SIZE OF DEATH ROW BY YEAR - (1968 - present)


1968 517 1982 1,050 1996 3,219 2010 3,158
1969 575 1983 1,209 1997 3,335 2011 3,082
1970 631 1984 1,405 1998 3,452 2012 3,033
1971 642 1985 1,591 1999 3,527 2013 2,979
1972 334 1986 1,781 2000 3,593 2014 2,942
1973 134 1987 1,984 2001 3,581 2015 2,881
1974 244 1988 2,124 2002 3,557 2016 2,863
1975 488 1989 2,250 2003 3,374 2017* 2,843
1976 420 1990 2,356 2004 3,315    
1977 423 1991 2,482 2005 3,254    
1978 482 1992 2,575 2006 3,228    
1979 539 1993 2,716 2007 3,215    
1980 691 1994 2,890 2008 3,207    
1981 856 1995 3,054 2009 3,173    
 
Sources: Bureau of Justice Statistics: "Capital Punishment" for Years 1968—2013
*NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. "Death Row USA" for Years 2014—2017 (sources use slightly different criteria for counting death-row prisoners).