Executions Overview

1505 men and women have been executed in the United States since the 1970s, although executions have declined significantly over the past two decades. Most executions have been concentrated in a few states and a small number of outlier counties.

DPIC Database: Execution Database

DPIC Database: Execution Database

List of all defendants executed in the United States after 1976. Includes data such as sex, race, race of victims, and method of execution

Upcoming Executions

Upcoming Executions

Upcoming executions, stays of execution, and outcomes of death warrants

Executions in 2019

Executions in 2019

List of executions carried out so far in 2019. (For previous years, please see sidebar)

Outcomes of Death Warrants 2019

Outcomes of Death Warrants 2019

Outcomes of death warrants, such as stays, reprieves, and reschedules

DPIC Analysis: Execution Trends Continue to Decline in 2017

Oct 23, 2017

DPIC Analysis: Execution Trends Continue to Decline in 2017

The long-term decline in exe­cu­tions in the United States will con­tin­ue in 2017, accord­ing to an analy­sis of exe­cu­tion data by the Death Penalty Information Center. Although the num­ber of exe­cu­tions in the United States in 2017 will sur­pass the 20 …

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News & Developments

May 15, 2019

Death-Penalty Opinions Expose Deep Divisions on U.S. Supreme Court

In the wake of sharp crit­i­cism of sev­er­al con­tro­ver­sial death-penal­ty deci­sions, the five con­ser­v­a­tive jus­tices of the U.S. Supreme Court issued three opin­ions on May 13, 2019, explain­ing their votes in those ear­li­er cas­es. The op…

Mar 20, 2019

Federal Court Orders Alabama to Release Execution Protocol

In a vic­to­ry for the media and advo­cates of open gov­ern­ment, a unan­i­mous three-judge pan­el of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled on March 18, 2019 that Alabama must dis­close key por­tions of its high­ly secret…

Mar 13, 2019

California Governor Announces Moratorium on Executions

California Governor Gavin Newsom on March 13, 2019 declared a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions in the state with the nation’s largest death row. Newsom imple­ment­ed the mora­to­ri­um through an exec­u­tive order grant­i­ng reprieves to the 737 pris­on­ers currently…