This table includes two sets of data about executions in the United States. The first shows the number of executions in 2015. The second data set displays the number of executions in each U.S. state since the ban on the death penalty (1972) was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.
NOTE: latest data as of Oct. 1, 2015.
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.
Incarceration and Capital Punishment