What states still have execution? Which one has the most?
With fewer states allowing capital punishment, reigning execution leader Texas, which has carried out more than 500, is still issuing death row sentences.
Despite the fact that fewer and fewer states allow execution as a punishment for crimes, according to deathpenaltyinfo.org 24 out of the 50 US states still permit capital punishment, with three others in temporary suspension.
Among the states that have permanently abolished death row sentences are:
22 states death penalty free
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The state of Michigan was the first to abolish executions in 1847 for all crimes except treason, for one main reason: religious leaders at the time in Detroit considered capital punishment as non-christian. Michigan set an example for many states who saw its move as a chance to do the same. Among these were Maine and Wisconsin, which abolished death sentences shortly after Michigan's decision. Wisconsin has only ever carried through one death sentence in state history, becoming the only US state that has only carried out one execution throughout the course of American history.
States which allow execution
On the other hand, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming still allow execution today.
Despite not permanently abolishing the death penalty, California, Oregon and Pennsylvania remain in Gubernatorial Moratoria, which means executions are temporarily suspended.
Texas the state with most executions
Texas is by far the state with the most executions carried out since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, with a total of 569.
Nearly half of the total number of executed inmates had their sentences carried out under the mandate of Governor Rick Perry between 2001 and 2014, more than any other state governor in US history.