Death Row

Around 2,500 prisoners currently face execution in the United States. The national death-row population has declined for 20 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 January 1, 2022: 2,436**

StateNumber of Prisoners

California

692

Florida

330

Texas

199

Alabama

170

North Carolina

139

Ohio

135

Pennsylvania

129

Arizona

117

Louisiana

62

Nevada

65

Tennessee

47

Oklahoma44

U.S. Fed. Gov't.

44

Georgia42

Mississippi

37

South Carolina

37

Arkansas

30

Kentucky

27

Oregon

22

Missouri

20

Nebraska

12

Kansas

9

Indiana

8

Idaho

8

Utah

7

U.S. Military

4

Montana

2

New Hampshire

1

South Dakota

1

Wyoming

0

Source: Death Row Population Figures from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. “DEATH ROW USA” (As of January 1, 2021).

* 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.

** The state-by-state total of individuals on death row is greater than the national total because four prisoners are sentenced to death 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…