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 7 states carried out an execution in 2014, and only 3 states (TX, MO, and FL) accounted 80% of the 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. Nebraska (3) December 2, 1997
10. New Jersey Before 1976
11. New Mexico (1) November 6, 2001
12. New York Before 1976
13. North Dakota Before 1976
14. Rhode Island Before 1976
15. Vermont Before 1976
16. West Virginia Before 1976
17. Wisconsin Before 1976
18. District of Columbia Before 1976
Jurisdictions with the death penalty Last Execution
19. Colorado (1) October 12, 1997
20. Kansas Before 1976
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. 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. Montana (3) August 10, 2006
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.