7/1/2015 - Death Row Inmates, 1953-2013 - There were 2,979 inmates on death row in the United States in 2013 and 39 of them (1.30%) were executed. Most inmates who left death row did so because their sentences or convictions were overturned (58.2%), not because of execution (24.8%).
6/29/2015 - Supreme Court Upholds Use of Execution Drug Midazolam - Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority; Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas joined in the 5-4 ruling.
6/5/2015 - 31 States with the Death Penalty and 19 States with Death Penalty Bans - View our newly updated death penalty state laws page. The most recent state to abolish the death penalty was Nebraska on May 27, 2015.
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