2016 Sentencing

Death Sentences in 2016

30 New Death Sentences were imposed in the U.S. in 2016. That is the fewest number of new death sentences imposed in any year in the modern history of U.S. capital punishment, which dates back to 1972 when the Supreme Court declared the country's death penalty laws unconstitutional in Furman v. Georgia. This is a 39% decline from the 49 new death sentences imposed in the U.S. in 2015, which itself had been a 40-year low. Only 13 of the 31 states with the death penalty imposed any death sentences in 2016. 


Defendants Sentenced to Death in 2016
State First name Last name County Race
Alabama (4) Dennis Hicks Mobile W
Justice Knight Henry B
Stephon Lindsay Etowah B
Arizona (1) James Johnson Maricopa A
Arkansas (1) Mauricio Torres Benton L
California (9) Michael Brown Kern B
Lonnie Franklin Jr. Los Angeles B
Romaine Martin Riverside B
Joseph Mercado Los Angeles L
Ka Pasasouk Los Angeles A
Gilbert Sanchez San Bernardino L
Michael Thomas Los Angeles B
Darnell Williams Alameda B
Daniel Wozniak Orange W
Florida (2) Eriese Tisdale St. Lucie B
Craig Wall Pinellas W
Kansas (1) Kyle Flack Franklin W
North Carolina (1) Antwan Anthony Pitt B
Nevada (1) Ammar Harris Clark B
Ohio (4) Glen Bates Hamilton B
Damantae Graham Portage B
Michael Madison Cuyahoga B
James Tench Medina W
Oklahoma (1) Albert Johnson Oklahoma B
Oregon (1) David Bartol Marion W
Pennsylvania (1) Tam Minh Le Philadelphia A
Texas (4) Demond Bluntson Webb B
Charles Brownlow Kaufman B
Mark Gonzalez Bexar L
Amos Wells Tarrant B
Key: A = Asian, B = Black, L = Latino, W = White
Number of Jurisdictions Imposing New Death Sentences, 2012-2016
Years State Jurisdictions Federal Jurisdictions Jurisdictions
Counties States Fed Gvt Military Total % Decrease
2012 60 18 1 0 61
2013 56 15 1 1 58 4.9%
2014 56 20 1 0 57 6.6%
2015 35 14 1 0 36 41.0%
2016 27 13 0 0 27 55.7%

Death Sentences by Race of Defendant in 2016

 

Race Defendants
Asian 3
Black 17
Latino 4
White 6


Counties with Death Sentences in 2016

County Death Sentences
Los Angeles, CA 4
Alameda, CA 1
Benton, AR 1
Bexar, TX 1
Clark, NV 1
Cuyahoga, OH 1
Etowah, OH 1
Franklin, KS 1
Hamilton, OH 1
Henry, OH 1
Kaufman, TX 1
Kern, CA 1
Maricopa, AZ 1
Marion, OR 1
Medina, OH 1
Mobile, AL 1
Oklahoma, OK 1
Orange, CA 1
Philadelphia, PA 1
Pinellas, FL 1
Pitt, NC 1
Portage, OH 1
Riverside, CA 1
San Bernardino, CA 1
St. Lucie, FL 1
Tarrant, TX 1
Webb, TX 1


States in Order of Number of Death Sentences — 2016

State Death Sentences
California 9
Ohio 4
Texas 4
Alabama 3
Florida 2
Arizona 1
Arkansas 1
Kansas 1
Nevada 1
North Carolina 1
Oklahoma 1
Oregon 1
Pennsylvania 1


Related Links:

Sentencing

DPIC's 2016 Year End Report

Executions by County

Clustering of the Death Penalty

Download 2016 sentencing data as a Microsoft Excel file

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