Jurisdictions with no recent executions

Although the United States is considered a death penalty country, executions are rare or non-existent in most of the nation: the majority of states--29 out of 50--have either abolished the death penalty or have not carried out an execution in at least 10 years. An additional 9 states have not had an execution in at least 5 years, for a total of 38 states with no executions in that time. Three additional jurisdictions (the District of Columbia, the Federal Government, and the Military) have not had an execution in at least 10 years.

The tables below list the jurisdictions with no executions in many years (updated August 14, 2018):

29 states, plus 3 jurisdictions (District of Columbia, Federal Government, and Military), with no death penalty or no executions in at least 10 years

Jurisdictions with no death penalty Last Execution
1. Alaska Before 1976
2. Connecticut (1) May 13, 2005
3. Delaware (16) April 20, 2012
4. Hawaii Before 1976
5. Illinois (12) March 17, 1999
6. Iowa Before 1976
7. Maine Before 1976
8. Maryland (5) December 5, 2005
9. Massachusetts Before 1976
10. Michigan Before 1976
11. Minnesota Before 1976
12. New Jersey Before 1976
13. New Mexico (1) November 6, 2001
14. New York Before 1976
15. North Dakota Before 1976
16. Rhode Island Before 1976
17. Vermont Before 1976
18. West Virginia Before 1976
19. Wisconsin Before 1976
20. District of Columbia Before 1976
Jurisdictions with the death penalty Last Execution
21. California (13) January 17, 2006
22. Colorado (1) October 13, 1997
23. Kansas (0) Before 1976
24. Montana (3) August 11, 2006
25. Nevada (12) April 26, 2006
26. New Hampshire (0) Before 1976
27. North Carolina (43) August 18, 2006
28. Oregon (2) May 16, 1997
29. Pennsylvania (3) July 6, 1999
30. Wyoming (1) January 22, 1992
31. U.S. Federal Government (3) March 18, 2003
32. U.S. Military Before 1976

38 states, plus 3 jurisdictions, with no death penalty or no executions in at least 5 years

Jurisdictions with no death penalty Last Execution
1. Alaska Before 1976
2. Connecticut (1) May 13, 2005
3. Delaware (16) April 20, 2012
4. Hawaii Before 1976
5. Illinois (12) March 17, 1999
6. Iowa Before 1976
7. Maine Before 1976
8. Maryland (5) December 5, 2005
9. Massachusetts Before 1976
10. Michigan Before 1976
11. Minnesota Before 1976
12. New Jersey Before 1976
13. New Mexico (1) November 6, 2001
14. New York Before 1976
15. North Dakota Before 1976
16. Rhode Island Before 1976
17. Vermont Before 1976
18. West Virginia Before 1976
19. Wisconsin Before 1976
20. District of Columbia Before 1976
Jurisdictions with the death penalty Last Execution
21. California (13) January 17, 2006
22. Colorado (1) October 13, 1997
23. Idaho (3) June 12, 2012
24. Indiana (20) December 11, 2009
25. Kansas (0) Before 1976
26. Kentucky (3) November 21, 2008
27. Louisiana (28) Jan. 7, 2010
28. Montana (3) August 11, 2006
29. Mississippi (21) June 20, 2012
30. Nevada (12) April 26, 2006
31. New Hampshire (0) Before 1976
32. North Carolina (43) August 18, 2006
33. Oregon (2) May 16, 1997
34. Pennsylvania (3) July 6, 1999
35. South Carolina (43) May 6, 2011
36. South Dakota (3) October 30, 2012
37. Utah (7) June 18, 2010
38. Washington (5) Sept. 10, 2010
39. Wyoming (1) January 22, 1992
40. U.S. Federal Government (3) March 18, 2003
41. U.S. Military (0) Before 1976

Number in parentheses indicates total executions since 1976.
 

 

(DPIC, map as of August 14, 2018).  See DPIC's 2016 Year End Report.  See also Executions and Executions by County.