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Executions by State 2022

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 (3)
  2. Alabama (1)
  3. Missouri (1)
  4. Tennessee (1)
  5. Alaska ()
  6. Arizona ()
  7. Arkansas ()
  8. California ()
  9. Colorado ()
  10. Connecticut ()

Executions by State 2022

State Number of Executions in 2018 2022 Pop.
Texas329,945,493
Alabama15,073,187
Missouri16,188,111
Tennessee17,023,788
Alaska738,023
Arizona7,303,398
Arkansas3,030,646
California39,995,077
Colorado5,922,618
Connecticut3,612,314
Delaware1,008,350
Florida22,085,563
Georgia10,916,760
Hawaii1,474,265
Idaho1,893,410
Illinois12,808,884
Indiana6,845,874
Iowa3,219,171
Kansas2,954,832
Kentucky4,539,130
Louisiana4,682,633
Maine1,369,159
Maryland6,257,958
Massachusetts7,126,375
Michigan10,116,069
Minnesota5,787,008
Mississippi2,960,075
Montana1,103,187
Nebraska1,988,536
Nevada3,185,426
New Hampshire1,389,741
New Jersey9,388,414
New Mexico2,129,190
New York20,365,879
North Carolina10,620,168
North Dakota800,394
Ohio11,852,036
Oklahoma4,000,953
Oregon4,318,492
Pennsylvania13,062,764
Rhode Island1,106,341
South Carolina5,217,037
South Dakota901,165
Utah3,373,162
Vermont646,545
Virginia8,757,467
Washington7,901,429
West Virginia1,781,860
Wisconsin5,935,064
Wyoming579,495

Executions by State 2022

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