Jurisdictions with no recent executions

Although the United States is considered a death penalty country, executions are rare or non-existent in much of the nation. 26 of 53 jurisdictions in the U.S. (50 states, the District of Columbia, the Federal Government, and the Military) either do not have the death penalty or have not carried out an execution in at least 10 years. Most of those have not carried out an execution since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. An additional 8 have not had an execution in 5 years, for a total of 34 jurisdictions with no executions in that time. Only 9 states carried out an execution in 2013, and only 2 states (TX and FL) accounted for the majority of executions. The tables below list the jurisdictions with no executions in many years:

26 jurisdictions with no executions in at least 10 years

Jurisdictions with no death penalty Last Execution
1. Alaska Before 1976
2. Hawaii Before 1976
3. Illinois (12) March 17, 1999
4. Iowa Before 1976
5. Maine Before 1976
6. Massachusetts Before 1976
7. Michigan Before 1976
8. Minnesota Before 1976
9. New Jersey Before 1976
10. New Mexico (1) November 6, 2001
11. New York Before 1976
12. North Dakota Before 1976
13. Rhode Island Before 1976
14. Vermont Before 1976
15. West Virginia Before 1976
16. Wisconsin Before 1976
17. District of Columbia Before 1976
Jurisdictions with the death penalty Last Execution
18. Colorado (1) October 12, 1997
19. Kansas Before 1976
20. Nebraska (3) December 2, 1997
21. New Hampshire Before 1976
22. Oregon (2) May 15, 1997
23. Pennsylvania (3) July 5, 1999
24. Wyoming (1) January 22, 1992
25. U.S. Federal Government (3) March 18, 2003
26. U.S. Military Before 1976

34 jurisdictions with no executions in at least 5 years

Jurisdictions with no death penalty Last Execution
1. Alaska Before 1976
2. Connecticut (1) May 12, 2005
3. Hawaii Before 1976
4. Illinois (12) March 17, 1999
5. Iowa Before 1976
6. Maine Before 1976
7. Maryland (5) December 6, 2005
8. Massachusetts Before 1976
9. Michigan Before 1976
10. Minnesota Before 1976
11. New Jersey Before 1976
12. New Mexico (1) November 6, 2001
13. New York Before 1976
14. North Dakota Before 1976
15. Rhode Island Before 1976
16. Vermont Before 1976
17. West Virginia Before 1976
18. Wisconsin Before 1976
19. District of Columbia Before 1976
Jurisdictions with the death penalty Last Execution
20. Arkansas (27) November 28, 2005
21. California (13) January 17, 2006
22. Colorado (1) October 12, 1997
23. Kansas (0) Before 1976
24. Kentucky (3) November 21, 2008
25. Montana (3) August 10, 2006
26. Nebraska (3) December 2, 1997
27. Nevada (12) April 26, 2006
28. New Hampshire (0) Before 1976
29. North Carolina (43) August 17, 2006
30. Oregon (2) May 15, 1997
31. Pennsylvania (3) July 5, 1999
32. Wyoming (1) January 22, 1992
33. U.S. Federal Government (3) March 18, 2003
34. U.S. Military (0) Before 1976

(Number in parentheses indicates total executions since 1976.)

(DPIC, updated July 25, 2014).  See DPIC's 2012 Year End Report.  See also Executions and Executions by County.