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Executions By State 2021

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 2021

State Number of Executions in 2018 2021 Pop.
Texas329,730,311
Tennessee16,944,260
Missouri16,169,038
Alabama14,934,193
Wyoming581,075
Wisconsin5,852,490
West Virginia1,767,859
Washington7,796,941
Virginia8,603,985
Vermont623,251
Utah3,310,774
South Dakota896,581
South Carolina5,277,830
Rhode Island1,061,509
Pennsylvania12,804,123
Oregon4,289,439
Oklahoma3,990,443
Ohio11,714,618
North Dakota770,026
North Carolina10,701,022
New York19,299,981
New Mexico2,105,005
New Jersey8,874,520
New Hampshire1,372,203
Nevada3,185,786
Nebraska1,951,996
Montana1,085,004
Mississippi2,966,407
Minnesota5,706,398
Michigan9,992,427
Massachusetts6,912,239
Maryland6,065,436
Maine1,354,522
Louisiana4,627,002
Kentucky4,480,713
Kansas2,917,224
Iowa3,167,974
Indiana6,805,663
Illinois12,569,321
Idaho1,860,123
Hawaii1,406,430
Georgia10,830,007
Florida21,944,577
Delaware990,334
Connecticut3,552,821
Colorado5,893,634
California39,613,493
Arkansas3,033,946
Arizona7,520,103
Alaska724,357

Executions By State 2021