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 January 1, 2016: 2,943

 

State
# of
Inmates
 
State
# of
Inmates
 
State
# of
Inmates
California 743 U.S. Gov't. 62 Idaho 9
Florida 396 Oklahoma 49    
Texas 263 Mississippi 48 Utah 9
Alabama 196 S. Carolina 43 Washington 9
Penn. 180 Arkansas 36 Virginia 7
N. Carolina 155 Oregon 34 U.S. Military 6
Ohio 143 Kentucky 34 Colorado 3
Arizona 125 Missouri 28 South Dakota 3
Louisiana 81 Delaware 18 Montana 2
Nevada 79 Indiana 13 New Mexico* 2
Georgia 78 Nebraska** 10 Wyoming 1
Tennessee 71 Kansas 10 New Hampshire 1

 

Source: Death Row Population Figures from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. "Death Row USA" (January 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*New Mexico repealed the death penalty in March 2009, but law was not made retroactive so 2 remain on death row.
**Nebraska repealed the death penalty in 2015, but the law may not be retroactive, leaving inmates currently on death row in an uncertain posture.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* 2,943
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).