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Executions by State 2020

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. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty, while 29 states still retain the death penalty.

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.

Here are the 10 states with the most executions:

  1. Texas (13)
  2. Tennessee (3)
  3. Alabama (2)
  4. Florida (2)
  5. Georgia (2)
  6. Nebraska (1)
  7. Ohio (1)
  8. South Dakota (1)
  9. Alaska (0)
  10. Arizona (0)

Executions by State 2020

State Number of Executions in 2018 2020 Pop.
Texas1329,472,300
Tennessee36,897,580
Georgia210,736,100
Florida221,993,000
Alabama24,908,620
South Dakota1903,027
Ohio111,747,700
Nebraska11,952,570
Wyoming0567,025
Wisconsin05,851,750
West Virginia01,778,070
Washington07,797,100
Virginia08,626,210
Vermont0628,061
Utah03,282,120
South Carolina05,210,100
Rhode Island01,056,160
Pennsylvania012,820,900
Oregon04,301,090
Oklahoma03,954,820
North Dakota0761,723
North Carolina010,611,900
New York019,440,500
New Mexico02,096,640
New Jersey08,936,570
New Hampshire01,371,250
Nevada03,139,660
Montana01,086,760
Missouri06,169,270
Mississippi02,989,260
Minnesota05,700,670
Michigan010,045,000
Massachusetts06,976,600
Maryland06,083,120
Maine01,345,790
Louisiana04,645,180
Kentucky04,499,690
Kansas02,910,360
Iowa03,179,850
Indiana06,745,350
Illinois012,659,700
Idaho01,826,160
Hawaii01,412,690
Delaware0982,895
Connecticut03,563,080
Colorado05,845,530
California039,937,500
Arkansas03,039,000
Arizona07,378,490
Alaska0734,002