Special Report

States With Most People on Death Row


To find the states and jurisdictions with the most people on death row, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Death Row U.S.A. Spring 2022, a report by the Legal Defense Fund. We ranked the 27 states and two jurisdictions – the federal government and the military – with people on death row. Unless otherwise noted, the death row population in each state is current as of April 1, 2022. Jurisdictions are ordered by the number of people currently in prison on death row. We broke ties using the incarceration rate.

All data is from the report except for state incarceration rates as of 2020, which came from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics’s publication Prisoners in 2020 — Statistical Tables.

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