Jurisdictions with no recent executions

Although the United States is considered a death penalty country, executions are rare or non-existent in most of the nation: the majority of states--28 out of 50--have either abolished the death penalty or have not carried out an execution in at least 10 years. An additional 7 states have not had an execution in at least 5 years, for a total of 35 states with no executions in that time. Only 6 states carried out an execution in 2015, and only 3 states (TX, MO, and GA) accounted for 86% of the executions. Three additional jurisdictions (the District of Columbia, the Federal Government, and the Military) have not had an execution in at least 10 years.

The tables below list the jurisdictions with no executions in many years (updated May 6, 2016):

28 states, plus 3 jurisdictions (District of Columbia, Federal Government, and Military), with no executions in at least 10 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. Nebraska (3)* December 2, 1997
12. New Jersey Before 1976
13. New Mexico (1) November 6, 2001
14. New York Before 1976
15. North Dakota Before 1976
16. Rhode Island Before 1976
17. Vermont Before 1976
18. West Virginia Before 1976
19. Wisconsin Before 1976
20. District of Columbia Before 1976
Jurisdictions with the death penalty Last Execution
21. Arkansas (27) November 28, 2005
22. California (13) January 17, 2006
23. Colorado (1) October 12, 1997
24. Kansas (0) Before 1976
25. Nevada (12) April 26, 2006
26. New Hampshire (0) Before 1976
27. Oregon (2) May 15, 1997
28. Pennsylvania (3) July 5, 1999
29. Wyoming (1) January 22, 1992
30. U.S. Federal Government (3) March 18, 2003
31. U.S. Military Before 1976

35 states, plus 3 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. Nebraska (3)* December 2, 1997
12. New Jersey Before 1976
13. New Mexico (1) November 6, 2001
14. New York Before 1976
15. North Dakota Before 1976
16. Rhode Island Before 1976
17. Vermont Before 1976
18. West Virginia Before 1976
19. Wisconsin Before 1976
20. District of Columbia Before 1976
Jurisdictions with the death penalty Last Execution
21. Arkansas (27) November 28, 2005
22. California (13) January 17, 2006
23. Colorado (1) October 12, 1997
24. Kansas (0) Before 1976
25. Kentucky (3) November 21, 2008
26. Louisiana (28) Jan. 7, 2010
27. Montana (3) August 10, 2006
28. Nevada (12) April 26, 2006
29. New Hampshire (0) Before 1976
30. North Carolina (43) August 17, 2006
31. Oregon (2) May 15, 1997
32. Pennsylvania (3) July 5, 1999
33. South Carolina (43) May 6, 2011
34. Utah (7) June 17, 2010
35. Washington (5) Sept. 10, 2010
36. Wyoming (1) January 22, 1992
37. U.S. Federal Government (3) March 18, 2003
38. U.S. Military (0) Before 1976

Number in parentheses indicates total executions since 1976.
*Nebraska abolished the death penalty in 2015, but the repeal was suspended pending a referendum on the death penalty in Nov. 2016.

(DPIC, map updated Dec. 22, 2015).  See DPIC's 2015 Year End Report.  See also Executions and Executions by County.