Saturday, 23 October 2010
12:18:23 AM (GMT)
As of December 31,1999, the death penalty was authorized by 38 states and the
Texas leads nation in the number of executions since death penalty was reinstated in
Texas, California, and Florida have the largest death row populations.
3,254 offenders were under sentence of death in the United States as of December 31,
There are five methods of execution in the United States: lethal injection,
electrocution, lethal gas, hanging, and firing squad.
Jurisdictions without death penalty statutes: Alaska, District of Columbia, Hawaii,
Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont,
West Virginia, Wisconsin.