Death Row Inmates by State and Size of Death Row by Year

Death Row Inmates by State

Size of Death Row by Year


DEATH ROW INMATES BY STATE


Total Number of Death Row Inmates as of July 1, 2016: 2,905

 

State
# of
Inmates
 
State
# of
Inmates
 
State
# of
Inmates
California 741 U.S. Gov't. 62 Idaho 9
Florida 396 Mississippi 48 Utah 9
Texas 254 Oklahoma 47 Washington 9
Alabama 194 S. Carolina 43 Virginia 7
Penn. 175 Arkansas 36 U.S. Military 6
N. Carolina 155 Kentucky 34 Colorado 3
Ohio 142 Oregon 34 South Dakota 3
Arizona 126 Missouri 26 Montana 2
Nevada 80 Delaware 18 New Mexico* 2
Louisiana 77 Indiana 12 Wyoming 2
Tennessee 69 Kansas 10 New Hampshire 1
Georgia 68 Nebraska** 10    

 

Source: Death Row Population Figures from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. "Death Row USA" (July 1, 2016) 

*New Mexico repealed the death penalty in March 2009, but law was not made retroactive so 2 remain on death row.
**Nebraska repealed the death penalty in 2015, but the law may not be retroactive, leaving inmates currently on death row in an uncertain posture. In addition, there will be a referendum on the repeal in Nov. 2016.

 

See States without the death penalty


SIZE OF DEATH ROW BY YEAR - (1968 - present)


1968 517 1982 1,050 1996 3,219 2010  3,158
1969 575 1983 1,209 1997 3,335 2011  3,082
1970 631 1984 1,405 1998 3,452 2012  3,033
1971 642 1985 1,591 1999 3,527 2013 2,979
1972 334 1986 1,781 2000 3,593 2014*  3,054
1973 134 1987 1,984 2001 3,581 2015*  2,959
1974 244 1988 2,124 2002 3,557 2016* 2,905
1975 488 1989 2,250 2003 3,374    
1976 420 1990 2,356 2004 3,315    
1977 423 1991 2,482 2005 3,254    
1978 482 1992 2,575 2006 3,228    
1979 539 1993 2,716 2007 3,215    
1980 691 1994 2,890 2008 3,207    
1981 856 1995 3,054 2009 3,173    
 
Sources: Bureau of Justice Statistics: "Capital Punishment" for Years 1968 - 2013
*NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. "Death Row USA" for Years 2014, 2015, and 2016 (sources use slightly different criteria for counting inmates).