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Number of Persons Executed1 by Jurisdiction, 1930–2013

This table includes two sets of data about executions in the United States. The first shows the number of executions from 1930 to 1972, when the death penalty was abolished. The second data set displays the number of executions in each U.S. state since the ban on the death penalty was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.

  Number executed since
State 1930 19762
Texas 652 506
Georgia 405 53
New York 329 0
California 305 13
North Carolina 302 43
Florida 230 79
South Carolina 197 43
Ohio 191 52
Virginia 186 110
Alabama 169 56
Mississippi 161 21
Louisiana 160 28
Pennsylvania 155 3
Arkansas 145 27
Oklahoma 139 106
Missouri 128 68
Kentucky 105 3
Illinois 102 12
Tennessee 94 6
New Jersey 74 0
Maryland 73 5
Arizona 60 35
Indiana 57 20
Washington 51 5
Colorado 48 1
Nevada 41 12
District of Columbia 40 0
West Virginia 40 0
Federal system 36 3
Massachusetts 27 0
Delaware 26 16
Connecticut 22 1
Oregon 21 2
Utah 19 7
Iowa 18 0
Kansas 15 0
New Mexico 9 1
Montana 8 3
Wyoming 8 1
Nebraska 7 3
Idaho 4 3
Vermont 4 0
New Hampshire 1 0
South Dakota 1 3
U.S. total 4,863 1,350
NOTE: 24 people were executed in 2008.
1. Executed under civil authority; military authorities carried out an additional 160 executions, 1930–1997.
2. In 1972 the Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment, as it was then administered, was “cruel and unusual” and therefore unconstitutional. On July 1, 1976, however, the Court overturned the ruling by a 7–2 decision, and capital punishment was reinstated.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Death Penalty Information Center. Web: www.deathpenaltyinfo.org .

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