2018 Marked the 4th Consecutive Year with Fewer than 30 Executions and Less than 50 Death Sentences—-Washington State Becomes 20th State to End Capital Punishment
With 25 executions and 42 death sentences expected this year, the use of the death penalty remained near historic lows in 2018, according to a report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). 2018 marked the 4th consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions and 50 death sentences, reflecting a long-term decline of capital punishment across the United States. Court decisions and election results signaled continuing low death-penalty use as Washington State declared its capital punishment statute unconstitutional and voters ousted prosecutors in 7 counties known for aggressive death-penalty usage.
Read more: The Death Penalty Information Center