Execution List 2021

Last Updated: October 22, 2021

Eight prisoners have been executed in the United States in 2021 by the U.S. federal government and three states.

Executions in 2021

DateNumber Since 1976StateNameAgeRaceVictim RaceMethodDrug Protocol

Years from Sentence to Execution

1/13/211530FederalLisa Montgomery52W1 White femaleLethal Injection1-drug (Pentobarbital)18
1/14/211531FederalCorey Johnson52


6 Black males, 1 Black female

Lethal Injection1-drug (Pentobarbital)28
1/16/211532FederalDustin Higgs48B3 Black femalesLethal Injection1-drug (Pentobarbital)20
5/19/211533TXQuintin Jones41B1 Black femaleLethal Injection1-drug (Pentobarbital)20
6/30/211534TXJohn Hummel45W

2 White female, 1 White male

Lethal Injection1-drug (Pentobarbital)10
9/28/211535TXRick Rhoades57W2 White maleLethal Injection1-drug (Pentobarbital)28
10/5/211536MOErnest Johnson61B1 White female, 1 female (unknown race), 1 Black maleLethal Injection1-drug (Pentobarbital)26
10/21/211537ALWillie B. Smith III52B1 White femaleLethal Injection3-drug (Midazolam)29

Most states carry out executions with a three-drug lethal-injection protocol. Others use a single drug. The three-drug protocol typically begins with an anesthetic or sedative, followed by a second drug to paralyze the inmate and a third drug—typically potassium chloride—to stop the prisoner’s heart. The first drug used varies by state and is listed above for each execution.

ƒ female
* volunteer - an inmate who waived ordinary appeals that remained at the time of his or her execution
~ foreign national
¥ white defendant executed for murder of black victim