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 Statistics Data
Number of U.S. states with the death penalty 32
Total number of executions since 1976 1,392
Current number of Death Row inmates 3,035
Percent of counties in the U.S. that have not had one person executed in 45 years 85 %
Number of people released from death row with evidence of their innocence 130
Number of clemencies that have been granted 268
Percent of people who support the death penalty 65 %
Death sentences given in 2014 72
Year over the past decade with the most death sentences given 2000 223
Average cost of a death penalty case $2.4 million
Number of states where the governor has the sole authority to grant clemency 16
Race of Defendants Executed  
White 56 %
Black 35 %
Hispanic 8 %
Other 2 %
Race of Victim in Death Penalty Case  
White 76 %
Black 15 %
Hispanic 6 %
Other 3 %
Total number of death row Exonerations 138
Total number of people currently on death row 3261
Executions by Method Statistics  
Lethal injection 1220
Electrocution 158
Gas chamber 11
Hanging 3
Firing Squad 3
Executions by Region  
South 1,142
–Texas & Oklahoma 634
Midwest 172
West 85
Northeast 4
Number of Executions by Year  
2015 9 (Through March)
2013 35
2013 39
2012 43
2011 43
2010 38
2009 52
2008 37
2007 42
2006 53
2005 60
2004 59
2003 65
2002 71
2001 66
2000 85
1999 98
1998 68
1997 74
1996 45
1995 56
1994 31
1993 38
1992 31
1990 23
1989 16
1988 11
1987 25
1986 18
1985 18
1984 21
1983 5
1982 2
1981 1
1980 0
1979 2
1978 0
1977 1
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