Death Row

Around 2,500 prisoners currently face execution in the United States. The national death-row population has declined for 18 consecutive years, as sentence reversals, executions, and deaths by other causes are outpacing new death sentences.

DPIC Page: Conditions on Death Row

DPIC Page: Conditions on Death Row

Includes information such as the length of time prisoners spend on death row

DPIC Page: Racial Demographics

DPIC Page: Racial Demographics

Racial demographics of death-row prisoners

DPIC Report: The 2% Death Penalty

DPIC Report: The 2% Death Penalty

How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases at Enormous Costs to All

DPIC Page: Sentencing Data

DPIC Page: Sentencing Data

Information on new death sentences

Death Row Prisoners by State

Total Number of Death-Row Prisoners* as of October 1, 2020: 2,557

StateNumber of Prisoners

California

711

Florida

347

Texas

210

Alabama

170

Pennsylvania

142

North Carolina

141

Ohio

141

Arizona

119

Nevada

70

Louisiana

68

U.S. Fed. Gov't.

55

Tennessee

51

Oklahoma45

Georgia

45

Mississippi

42

South Carolina

39

Arkansas

31

Kentucky

28

Oregon

24

Missouri

22

Nebraska

12

Kansas

10

Indiana

8

Idaho

8

Utah

7

U.S. Military

4

Virginia

2

Montana

2

New Hampshire

1

South Dakota

1

Wyoming

1

Source: Death Row Population Figures from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Death Row USA (October, 2020).

* 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. Four prisoners on on death row in two different states.

I miss the stars. You know, I haven’t seen the stars in years and years and years. I miss the rain. I miss food. I miss all these things. But what it comes down to the most — and this is the thing that will scar me the most and that I’ll car­ry with me as a scar the longest — the thing I miss the most is being treat­ed like a human being.”

CNN inter­view with Damien Echols on Arkansas death row since 1993
(Jan. 13, 2011) (released August 2011).

News & Developments


Death Row Overview

Mar 12, 2020

Winter 2020 Death Row USA: U.S. Death Row Shrinks 20% During the 2010s

The num­ber of peo­ple on death row across the United States or fac­ing poten­tial cap­i­tal resen­tenc­ings declined by near­ly 20% in the 2010s, accord­ing to a Death Penalty Information Center analy­sis of data from the lat­est quar­ter­ly death-row cen­sus b…

Death Row Overview

Jan 28, 2020

Fall 2019 Death Row USA” Shows Continuing Death-Row Decline

Death row and the num­ber of pris­on­ers fac­ing active death sen­tences in the U.S. con­tin­ue to decline, accord­ing to the lat­est quar­ter­ly sur­vey of death row by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). The Fall 2019