DPIC RESOURCES: Death Sentences on a Per Capita Basis by State and Executions in Proportion to Death Sentences by State
DPIC has two new resources for comparing the use of the death penalty in the various states. The first is a chart listing the states in order of their total death sentences as a fraction of their population. The second measures the total executions in each state as compared to the total number of death sentences. Even though Texas leads the country with the most executions since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, it is eleventh in the U.S. in terms of death sentences per capita through the end of 2007. The five leading death-sentencing states on a per capita basis are Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Nevada, and Delaware. The full ranking of death sentences per capita by state may be found here. There has been a marked decline in death sentences in the U.S. since 2000. The Bureau of Justice Statistic’s most recent count of death sentences for 2007 showed it to be at the lowest number since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
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