Overview

"Death Row USA"

A quarterly report by the Capital Punishment Project of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.


CLICK HERE to see the Latest Death Row USA Report

The April 1, 2019 report includes the following statistics:

The number of prisoners on death rows across the nation was 2,673, a decrease of 48 from the 2,721 reported on October 1, 2018. The convictions or death sentences of 230 had been reversed pending retrial, resentencing, or completion of the appeals process, meaning 2,443 prisoners were facing active death sentences. 34.5% of those on U.S. death row (923 prisoners) were in states with moratoria on executions.

Jurisdictions with the most prisoners on death row:
  • California (733)
  • Florida (349)
  • Texas (225)
  • Alabama (181)
  • Pennsylvania (155)
  • North Carolina (143)
  • Ohio (141)
  • Arizona (121)
Jurisdictions (having 10 or more death-row prisoners) with the highest percent of minorities on death row:
  • Nebraska (75%)
  • Texas (73%)
  • Louisiana (71%)
  • California (67%)
  • Pennsylvania (65%)
  • North Carolina (62%)
  • Mississippi (60%)
  • Ohio (60%)
  • Georgia (58%)
  • South Carolina (58%)

Source: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Death Row USA, Spring 2019.


CLICK HERE to see the October 1, 2018, Death Row USA Report

The October 1, 2018 report includes the following statistics:

The number of prisoners on death rows across the nation is 2,721, a decrease of 17 from the 2,738 reported on July 1, 2018. The convictions or death sentences of 242 have been reversed, pending retrial, resentencing, or completion of the appeals process, meaning 2,479 prisoners were facing active death sentences.

Jurisdictions with the most prisoners on death row:
  • California (740)
  • Florida (354)
  • Texas (228)
  • Alabama (182)
  • Pennsylvania (158)
  • North Carolina (143)
  • Ohio (142)
  • Arizona (121)
Jurisdictions (having 10 or more death-row prisoners) with the highest percent of minorities on death row:
  • Nebraska (75%)
  • Texas (73%)
  • Louisiana (71%)
  • California (67%)
  • Pennsylvania (65%)
  • North Carolina (62%)
  • Ohio (60%)
  • Georgia (59%)
  • Mississippi (59%)
  • US Gov’t (56%)
  • South Carolina (56%)
  • Arkansas (56%)
  • Oklahoma (56%)

Source: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Death Row USA, Fall 2018.


CLICK HERE to see the July 1, 2018 Death Row USA Report

The July 1, 2018 report includes the following statistics:

The number of prisoners on death rows across the nation is 2,738, a decrease from 2,743 reported on April 1, 2018.

Jurisdictions with the most prisoners on death row:
  • California (740)
  • Florida (353)
  • Texas (232)
  • Alabama (185)
  • Pennsylvania (160)
  • North Carolina (144)
  • Ohio (144)
  • Arizona (121)
Jurisdictions (having 10 or more death-row prisoners) with the highest percent of minorities on death row:
  • Texas (73%)
  • Louisiana (72%)
  • California (67%)
  • Nebraska (67%)
  • Pennsylvania (64%)
  • North Carolina (62%)
  • Georgia (59%)
  • Ohio (59%)
  • Arkansas (58%)
  • South Carolina (56%)
  • US Gov’t (56%)
  • Mississippi (55%)
  • Oklahoma (55%)

Source: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Death Row USA, Summer 2018.


CLICK HERE to see the April 1, 2018 Death Row USA Report

The April 1, 2018 report includes the following statistics:

The number of prisoners on death rows across the nation is 2,743, a decrease from 2,768 reported on January 1, 2018.

Jurisdictions with the most prisoners on death row:
  • California (740)
  • Florida (354)
  • Texas (235)
  • Alabama (188)
  • Pennsylvania (160)
  • North Carolina (144)
  • Ohio (141)
  • Arizona (121)
Jurisdictions (having 10 or more death-row prisoners) with the highest percent of minorities on death row:
  • Texas (73%)
  • Louisiana (73%)
  • Nebraska (73%)
  • California (67%)
  • Pennsylvania (65%)
  • North Carolina (62%)
  • Ohio (60%)
  • Georgia (59%)
  • Arkansas (58%)
  • US Gov’t (57%)
  • South Carolina (56%)
  • Mississippi (55%)
  • Oklahoma (55%)

Source: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Death Row USA, Spring 2018.


CLICK HERE to see the July 1, 2017 Death Row USA Report

The July 1, 2017 report includes the following statistics:

The number of prisoners on death rows across the nation is 2,817, a decrease from 2,843 reported on April 1, 2017.

Jurisdictions with the most prisoners on death row:
  • California (746)
  • Florida (374)
  • Texas (243)
  • Alabama (191)
  • Pennsylvania (169)
  • North Carolina (152)
  • Ohio (144)
  • Arizona (125)
Jurisdictions (having 10 or more death-row prisoners) with the highest percent of minorities on death row:
  • Texas (73%)
  • Louisiana (71%)
  • California (67%)
  • Pennsylvania (64%)
  • North Carolina (60%)
  • Ohio (58%)
  • US Gov’t (57%)
  • Georgia (57%)
  • Mississippi (56%)
  • Arkansas (56%)
  • South Carolina (56%)

Source: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Death Row USA, Summer 2017.


CLICK HERE to see the April 1, 2017 Death Row USA Report

The April 1, 2017 report includes the following statistics:

The number of prisoners on death rows across the nation is 2,843, a decrease from 2,902 reported on October 1, 2016.

Jurisdictions with the most prisoners on death row:
  • California (744)
  • Florida (386)
  • Texas (247)
  • Alabama (193)
  • Pennsylvania (169)
  • North Carolina (154)
  • Ohio (143)
  • Arizona (124)
Jurisdictions (having 10 or more death-row prisoners) with the highest percent of minorities on death row
  • Texas (74%)
  • Louisiana (72%)
  • California (67%)
  • Pennsylvania (63%)
  • North Carolina (60%)
  • US Gov’t (58%)
  • Ohio (58%)
  • Mississippi (57%)
  • South Carolina (57%)
  • Georgia (56%)

Source: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Death Row USA, April 2017.


CLICK HERE to see the July 1, 2016 Death Row USA Report

The July 1, 2016 report includes the following statistics:

The number of prisoners on death rows across the nation is 2,905, a decrease from 2,943 reported on January 1, 2016.

Jurisdictions with the most prisoners on death row:
  • California (741)
  • Florida (396)
  • Texas (254)
  • Alabama (194)
  • Pennsylvania (175)
  • North Carolina (155)
  • Ohio (142)
  • Arizona (126)
Jurisdictions (having 10 or more death-row prisoners) with the highest percent of minorities on death row:
  • Louisiana (65%)
  • Delaware (61%)
  • Arkansas (56%)
  • North Carolina (56%)
  • Mississippi (54%)
  • Ohio (54%)
  • Pennsylvania (54%)
  • Alabama (53%)
  • South Carolina (53%)
  • North Carolina (52%)

Source: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Death Row USA, Summer 2016.


CLICK HERE to see the January 1, 2016 Death Row USA Report

The January 1, 2016 report includes the following statistics:

The number of prisoners on death rows across the nation is 2,943, a decrease from 2,959 reported on October 1, 2015.

Jurisdictions with the most prisoners on death row:
  • California (743)
  • Florida (396)
  • Texas (263)
  • Alabama (196)
  • Pennsylvania (180)
  • North Carolina (155)
  • Ohio (143)
  • Arizona (125)
Jurisdictions (having 10 or more death-row prisoners) with the highest percent of minorities on death row
  • Louisiana (67%)
  • Delaware (61%)
  • Arkansas (56%)
  • North Carolina (51%)
  • Mississippi (54%)
  • Ohio (53%)
  • Pennsylvania (53%)
  • Alabama (53%)
  • South Carolina (53%)
  • North Carolina (51%)

Source: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Death Row USA Winter 2016.