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 July 1, 2019: 2,656

StateNumber of Prisoners

California

729

Florida

348

Texas

224

Alabama

177

Pennsylvania

154

North Carolina

144

Ohio

140

Arizona

122

Nevada

74

Louisiana

69

U.S. Fed. Gov't.

61

Tennessee

56

Georgia

51

Oklahoma

46

Mississippi

44

South Carolina

40

Oregon

32

Arkansas

32

Kentucky

30

Missouri

24

Nebraska

12

Kansas

10

Indiana

9

Utah

8

Idaho

8

U.S. Military

4

Colorado

3

Virginia

3

South Dakota

2

Montana

2

New Hampshire

1

Wyoming

1

Source: Death Row Population Figures from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Death Row USA (July, 2019).

* 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


May 08, 2018

NEW RESOURCES: BJS Releases “Capital Punishment, 2016”

The nation’s death rows con­tin­ue to shrink more rapid­ly than new defen­dants are being sen­tenced to death, accord­ing to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) sta­tis­ti­cal brief, Capital Punishment, 2016,” released April 302018. …