Death Penalty Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: NAACP LDF “Death Row, U.S.A., Gallup Poll, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Research Date: March 12th, 2015

How many people have been given the death penalty ? How many people have been released from death row ? Which state has executed the most inmates ? Here are some of the most interesting Death Penalty statistics available.

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Death Penalty StatisticsData
Number of U.S. states with the death penalty32
Total number of executions since 19761,392
Current number of Death Row inmates3,035
Percent of counties in the U.S. that have not had one person executed in 45 years85 %
Number of people released from death row with evidence of their innocence130
Number of clemencies that have been granted268
Percent of people who support the death penalty65 %
Death sentences given in 201472
Year over the past decade with the most death sentences given 2000223
Average cost of a death penalty case$2.4 million
Number of states where the governor has the sole authority to grant clemency16
Race of Defendants Executed 
White56 %
Black35 %
Hispanic8 %
Other2 %
Race of Victim in Death Penalty Case 
White76 %
Black15 %
Hispanic6 %
Other3 %
Total number of death row Exonerations138
Total number of people currently on death row3261
Executions by Method Statistics 
Lethal injection1220
Electrocution158
Gas chamber11
Hanging3
Firing Squad3
Executions by Region 
South1,142
–Texas & Oklahoma634
Midwest172
West85
Northeast4
Number of Executions by Year 
20159 (Through March)
201335
201339
201243
201143
201038
200952
200837
200742
200653
200560
200459
200365
200271
200166
200085
199998
199868
199774
199645
199556
199431
199338
199231
199023
198916
198811
198725
198618
198518
198421
19835
19822
19811
19800
19792
19780
19771

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