Death Row Inmates by County of Sentencing

Death Row Inmates by County

Decisions to seek the death penalty are often made on a county level, leading to clustering of death penalty cases within states. Although we have not determined the county of sentencing for every person sentenced to death, we have identified the county for each person currently on death row. The map below is based on the county of sentencing for all inmates on death row as of January 1, 2013.

These ten counties account for over 27% of all death row inmates as of 1/1/2013, but they represent less than 1% of the counties in the U.S. and less than 1% of the counties with the death penalty in the U.S.

Sources: NAACP Legal Defense Fund "Death Row, USA," State Departments of Corrections, Public Defenders, DPIC research

10 Counties with most inmates on death row
(major cities within county in parentheses)
:

 1.  Los Angeles County (Los Angeles), CA - 228
 2.  Harris County (Houston), TX - 101
 3.  Philadelphia County (Philadelphia), PA - 88
 4.  Maricopa County (Phoenix), AZ - 81
 5.  Riverside County (Los Angeles suburbs), CA - 76
 6.  Orange County (Los Angeles suburbs), CA - 61
 6.  Clark County (Las Vegas), NV - 61
 8.  Duval County (Jacksonville), FL - 60
 9.  Alameda County (Oakland), CA - 43
 10. San Diego County (San Diego), CA - 40

Download county data for all death row inmates as an Excel spreadsheet

We invite any additions or corrections to this list. Contact us.

Related Links:

Arbitrariness

Sentencing

Executions by County

"Death Row, USA" from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Clustering of the Death Penalty