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, 2018: 2,721

StateNumber of Prisoners

California

740

Florida

354

Texas

228

Alabama

182

Pennsylvania

158

North Carolina

143

Ohio

142

Arizona

121

Nevada

76

Louisiana

70

U.S. Fed. Gov't.

62

Tennessee

61

Georgia

56

Oklahoma

48

Mississippi

46

South Carolina

39

Oregon

33

Arkansas

32

Kentucky

31

Missouri

25

Nebraska

12

Indiana

11

Kansas

10

Utah

9

Idaho

9

Washington

8

U.S. Military

4

Colorado

3

South Dakota

3

Virginia

3

Montana

2

New Mexico**

2

New Hampshire

1

Wyoming

1

Source: Death Row Population Figures from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Death Row USA (October 1, 2018).

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** New Mexico repealed the death penalty in March 2009, but the law was not made retroactive. 2 remain on death row.

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).