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Week of 7.14.06

Facts & Figures: Capital Punishment

States With Most Executions

Source: Death Penalty Information Center
Number of U.S. states allowing the death penalty as a possible sentence. The U.S. government and military also allow for capital punishment.

Number of Western indutrialized nations, besides the United States, allowing the death penalty as a possible sentence.

Number of American states that require doctors to participate in executions.

These are: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

U.S. Executions by Region*

*Federal executions are listed in the region in which the crime was committed.
Source: Death Penalty Information Center
Number of American states that forbid the participation of physicians in executions. They are Kentucky and Illinois.

Number of prison inmates who have been freed from death row with evidence of their innocence since 1973.

Number of people sentenced to death in the U.S. in 2004.

Number of people who were executed in the United States in 2005. A total of 1029 have been executed since 1976.

Percent of Americans who support the death penalty, according to a May 2006 Gallup poll. This was down from 80 percent in 1994.

3, 370
Death Row Inmates by State
California 652 S. Carolina 71 Illinois 9
Texas 404 Mississippi 67 Washington 9
Florida 392 Missouri 52 Utah 9
Pennsylvania 232 U.S. Govt. 41 U.S. Military 9
Ohio 195 Arkansas 38 Maryland 8
N. Carolina 188 Kentucky 37 Connecticut 8
Alabama 191 Oregon 33 Kansas 8
Arizona 126 Indiana 24 Montana 4
Tennessee 108 Virginia 22 S. Dakota 4
Georgia 107 Idaho 20 Colorado 2
Oklahoma 93 Delaware 17 New Mexico 2
Louisiana 88 New Jersey 13 Wyoming 2
Nevada 81 Nebraska 10 New York 1
Source: Death Penalty Information Center

Number of death row inmates in the U.S.

Number of women on death row as of December 2005.


The Death Penalty Information Center: Information on capital punishment issues for each state

Encarta: An overview of capital punishment throughout the world

Sources: Death Penalty Information Center, Encarta, Gallup Poll, Michigan State University