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Does the US allow capital punishment?

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2009-11-04 20:24:07

Federal law and the laws in 35 of the 50 stats allow the

death penalty.

As of October 2009, fourteen states and the District of Columbia

have abolished the death penalty; and New York has declared a

portion of its capital punishment statute unconstitutional. The

difference between New York's status and that of the other listed

states is that, while their judiciary nullified a portion of the

current death penalty law, the state hasn't passed legislation

officially banning capital punishment.


New Mexico is the most recent state to declare state-sponsored

executions illegal, in 2009.


  1. Alaska.......................1957
  2. Hawaii.......................1948
  3. Iowa.........................1965
  4. Maine........................1887
  5. Massachusetts............1984
  6. Michigan....................1846
  7. Minnesota..................1911
  8. North Dakota..............1973
  9. Rhode Island..............1984
  10. Vermont....................1964
  11. West Virginia..............1965
  12. Wisconsin..................1853
  13. Washington, DC..........1981
  14. New Jersey.................2007
  15. New Mexico................2009
  16. New York...................2004, 2007*

* State death penalty statute declared unconstitutional.


Conversely, Texas leads the nation in the number of prisoners

executed since 1976, at 441. Virginia runs a distant second with

103 executions in that time; Oklahoma is third with 91.


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