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Death Penalty Information

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  • Current: Death Penalty Information
  • Seventy percent of the world’s nations have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, including 36 since 2000.
  • 29 states, plus the federal government and the military, have a death penalty statute on their books. 21 states do not.
    • New York’s death penalty statute was struck down by its state supreme court on procedural grounds in 2004 and it has not been replaced.
    • New Jersey repealed its death penalty in 2007, New Mexico followed suit in 2009, Illinois in 2011, Connecticut in 2012, Maryland in 2013, and New Hampshire in 2019.
    • The Nebraska legislature repealed its death penalty in 2015, but a ballot measure struck down the ban in 2016.
    • In 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court struck down its state's death penalty, and in 2018, the Washington Supreme Court did the same.
    • Four additional states have governor-imposed moratoria on executions: California, Oregon, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

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