Race of Death Row Inmates Executed Since 1976

National Statistics on the Death Penalty and Race

Death Row Populations by Race


National Statistics on the Death Penalty and Race


Execution information accurate as of April 17, 2014 following an execution in Texas
Race of Defendants Executed in the U.S. Since 1976
BLACK 473 34%
LATINO 110 8%
WHITE 769 56%
OTHER 24 2%

NOTE: The federal government counts some categories, such as Hispanics, as an ethnic group rather than a race. DPIC refers to all groups as races because the sources for much of our information use these categories.

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Race of Victims Since 1976
BLACK 310 15%
LATINO 137 6%
WHITE 1535 77%
OTHER 51 3%


NOTE: Number of Victims refers to the victims in the underlying murder in cases where an execution has occurred since the restoration of the death penalty in 1976. There are more victims than executions because some cases involve more than one victim

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"In 82% of the studies [reviewed], race of the victim was found to influence the likelihood of being charged with capital murder or receiving the death penalty, i.e., those who murdered whites were found more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks."
- United States General Accounting Office, Death Penalty Sentencing, February 1990
Persons Executed for Interracial Murders in the U.S. Since 1976

The cases represented here are cases of one defendant executed for the murder of one or more victims of one race. Cases involving multiple victims of several different races are not included here.

  White Defendant / Black Victim (20)



  Black Defendant / White Victim (270)

 

Executions for Interracial Murders

Current U.S. Death Row Population by Race
BLACK 1,291 41.71%
LATINO 391 12.63%
WHITE 1,334 43.10%
OTHER 79 2.52%

Death Row Population Figures from NAACP-LDF "Death Row USA (July 1, 2013)"
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Current Death Row Populations by Race
as of October 1, 2013


State Total Black White Latino Native Amer. Asian
Alabama 197 101 92 3 0 1
Arizona 125 15 79 26 3 2
Arkansas 38 24 14 0 0 0
California 741 267 258 179 12 25
Colorado 4 3 0 1 0 0
Connecticut 11 6 4 1 0 0
Delaware 18 11 4 3 0 0
Florida 412 152 223 34 1 2
Georgia 94 45 45 4 0 0
Idaho 12 0 12 0 0 0
Indiana 13 3 10 0 0 0
Kansas 10 4 6 0 0 0
Kentucky 34 5 29 0 0 0
Louisiana 88 58 26 3 0 1
Maryland 5 4 1 0 0 0
Mississippi 48 26 21 0 0 1
Missouri 49 21 28 0 0 0
Montana 2 0 2 0 0 0
Nebraska 11 2 4 5 0 0
Nevada 80 29 42 8 0 1
New Hampshire 1 1 0 0 0 0
New Mexico 2 0 2 0 0 0
North Carolina 159 82 64 4 8 1
Ohio 143 75 63 3 0 2
Oklahoma 54 21 27 3 3 0
Oregon* 36 3 28 3 1 0
Pennsylvania 193 107 67 17 0 2
South Carolina 50 28 21 1 0 0
South Dakota 3 0 3 0 0 0
Tennessee 81 36 40 1 2 2
Texas 287 116 83 84 0 4
Utah 9 1 5 2 1 0
Virginia 9 4 4 1 0 0
Washington 9 4 5 0 0 0
Wyoming 1 0 1 0 0 0
US Gov't 59 28 23 6 1 1
US Military 6 3 3 0 0 0

* One member of Death Row's race is not currently identified

(In this table, the total of inmates on death row will be slightly higher than the national total of 3,088 because some inmates were sentenced to death in more than one state and hence will be counted twice.)

Figures from NAACP-LDF "Death Row USA (October 1, 2013)"