Which US states still have the death penalty? – The Sun

THE US remains one of a handful of western nations that still hands out the death penalty to the most serious of criminals.

It follows news that Orlando Hall was executed yesterday (Thursday November 19, 2020) – some 26 years after he kidnapped, raped and murdered 16-year-old Lisa Rene in 1994.

How many US states have the death penalty?

According to deathpenaltyinfo.org 28 states out of 50 have the death penalty in the United States.

It is believed Britain influenced America's use of the death penalty more than any other country, with the first recorded execution of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608.

The 22 states that do not have the death penalty are: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia.

Colorado is currently the most recent state to abolish the death sentence in March 2020.

Three states – California, Oregon and Pennsylvania – have imposed moratoria, otherwise known as temporary suspension, on executions

For those who are found guilty in the states with the death penalty, they face waiting an average of 14 years and 8 months between sentencing and execution.

How many people have been executed in the US?

There have been 1,527  executions in America since 1976.

Several US States have continued executing convicts at the state level but the federal government has refrained from doing so since 2003.

But in July 2019, Donald Trump announced the Government would start executing federal death-row inmates for the first time in 20 years.

As of November, eight inmates have received federal executions in 2020 alone.

Which US states have the death penalty?

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming


When was the death penalty abolished in the UK?

The last people to be sentenced to death in Britain were Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans – real name John Robson Walby – in 1964.

They had knifed a friend to death for money. The executions took place simultaneously at 8am on August 13.

Public anger about previous wrongful executions led to their suspension in 1965 and they were abolished in 1969.

Technically, the death penalty could still be imposed for offences including treason, violent piracy or certain military crimes until 1998, but no executions took place.


What is the lethal injection?

US states that have the death penalty use lethal injection as their primary method of execution, but protocols differ from state to state.

Some use one drug while others use a cocktail of two or three.

The three-drug protocol uses an anaesthetic or sedative, usually followed by pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride.

This paralyses the inmate and then stops their heart.

Florida convict Mark Asay was executed on August 24, 2017, with a mix using the anaesthetic etomidate for the first time.

Electrocution is used in some executions in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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