Earl Washington IQ of 69 Confessed to a Crime He Did Not Commit

In 1983, police convinced Earl Washington to make a statement concerning the rape and murder of a woman in Culpeper, VA, in 1982. The statements were used against him and in 1984 he was convicted and sentenced to death. Sixteen years later, DNA tests confirmed that Washington was innocent and he received an absolute pardon.

Mario Marquez IQ of 65 Executed in Texas in 1995

Mario Marquez had the adaptive skills of a 7 year-old.  His trial counsel testified at a clemency hearing that he did not present any evidence of Mario's mental retardation because of a legal flaw in the Texas death penalty statute.  Marquez was executed on January 17, 1995.

Executions by Year

Last updated September 13, 2017 following an execution in Ohio.
 Total since 1976 (including 2017):  1460

"Death Row USA"

A quarterly report by the Capital Punishment Project
of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
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The April 1, 2017 report includes the following statistics:


Crimes Punishable by the Death Penalty

Summary of States' Death Penalty Statutes - From Bureau of Justice Statistics

Death Penalty for Offenses Other Than Murder - State and Federal Laws that allow Capital Punishment when no death has occurred

DPIC's Page on Kennedy v. Louisiana - Striking down the death penalty for non-homicide offenses against individuals