Executions By State 2019

Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is a government-sanctioned practice where a person is killed as punishment for a crime. A death sentence is the sentence that someone is to be punished via the death penalty. Execution is the act of carrying out the death sentence. Crimes that are punishable by the death penalty are known as capital crimes, capital offenses, or capital felonies and include crimes such as murder, mass murder, aircraft hijacking, terrorism, and drug trafficking among many others.

Capital punishment is controversial in many states and countries around the world. Proponents of capital punishment argue that it is an important tool to deter crime, costs less than life imprisonment, and can often help the victim or grieving families feel better. Opponents of the death penalty argue that the punishment is inhumane and biased, and does not deter crime.

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty does not violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The following states have abolished the death penalty:

The rest of the US states retain the death penalty.

Out of the 29 states that still retain the death penalty, eight of them had executions in 2018. A total of 25 executions were performed, a historic low in the United States. Texas had the highest number of executions with a total of 13, all of which were men.

The following states had executions in 2018:

State Number of Executions in 2018 2019 Pop.
Alaska0735,720
Arizona07,275,070
Arkansas03,026,412
California039,747,267
Colorado05,770,545
Connecticut03,567,871
Delaware0975,033
District of Columbia0711,571
Hawaii01,416,589
Idaho01,790,182
Illinois012,700,381
Indiana06,718,616
Iowa03,167,997
Kansas02,910,931
Kentucky04,484,047
Louisiana04,652,581
Maine01,342,097
Maryland06,062,917
Massachusetts06,939,373
Michigan010,020,472
Minnesota05,655,925
Mississippi02,987,895
Missouri06,147,861
Montana01,074,532
Nevada03,087,025
New Hampshire01,363,852
New Jersey08,922,547
New Mexico02,096,034
New York019,491,339
North Carolina010,497,741
North Dakota0760,900
Oklahoma03,948,950
Oregon04,245,901
Pennsylvania012,813,969
Rhode Island01,056,738
South Carolina05,147,111
Utah03,221,610
Vermont0627,180
Virginia08,571,946
Washington07,666,343
West Virginia01,791,951
Wisconsin05,832,661
Wyoming0572,381
Nebraska11,940,919
Ohio111,718,568
South Dakota1892,631
Alabama24,898,246
Florida221,646,155
Georgia210,627,767
Tennessee36,833,793
Texas1329,087,070