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.

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:

Executions By State 2020

State Number of Executions in 2018 2020 Pop.
Alaska0734,002
Arizona07,378,494
Arkansas03,038,999
California039,937,489
Colorado05,845,526
Connecticut03,563,077
Delaware0982,895
District of Columbia0720,687
Hawaii01,412,687
Idaho01,826,156
Illinois012,659,682
Indiana06,745,354
Iowa03,179,849
Kansas02,910,357
Kentucky04,499,692
Louisiana04,645,184
Maine01,345,790
Maryland06,083,116
Massachusetts06,976,597
Michigan010,045,029
Minnesota05,700,671
Mississippi02,989,260
Missouri06,169,270
Montana01,086,759
Nevada03,139,658
New Hampshire01,371,246
New Jersey08,936,574
New Mexico02,096,640
New York019,440,469
North Carolina010,611,862
North Dakota0761,723
Oklahoma03,954,821
Oregon04,301,089
Pennsylvania012,820,878
Rhode Island01,056,161
South Carolina05,210,095
Utah03,282,115
Vermont0628,061
Virginia08,626,207
Washington07,797,095
West Virginia01,778,070
Wisconsin05,851,754
Wyoming0567,025
Nebraska11,952,570
Ohio111,747,694
South Dakota1903,027
Alabama24,908,621
Florida221,992,985
Georgia210,736,059
Tennessee36,897,576
Texas1329,472,295