Death penalty

The Medill Justice Project is examining the use of the death penalty in the United States and around the world. Today, 31 U.S. states have the death penalty, and more than 3,000 inmates sit on death row across the country. Of the 19 states that abolished capital punishment, seven states have done so in the past 10 years. Of all 195 countries in the world, about 50 percent of them have the death penalty. In 2014, 22 countries carried out the death penalty and over 2,000 people around the world were sentenced to death. These numbers do not include unreported sentences.

If you have information about the death penalty or have information about a death penalty case, please contact us at, or 847-491-5840.

Data visualization by McKenzie Maxson/The Medill Justice Project

Data visualization by Robin Luo/The Medill Justice Project