Death Penalty Information

  • Seventy percent of the world’s nations have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, including 36 since 2000.
  • 32 states, plus the federal government and the military, have a death penalty statute on their books. eighteen states do not. New York’s death penalty statute was struck down by its state supreme court on procedural grounds in 2004 and it has not been replaced. New Jersey repealed its death penalty in 2007, New Mexico followed suit in 2009, Illinois in 2011, Connecticut in 2012, Maryland in 2013. The Nebraska legislature repealed its death penalty in 2015, but a ballot measure struck down the ban in 2016.

To download a quick reference fact sheet summarizing this information, click here



*February 16 – 20, 2018, Capital Case Defense Seminar, San Diego, CA. Sponsored by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and California Public Defender Association. For more information, Click Here.

*March 8 - 9, 2018, 2018 Death Is Different Seminar XXIV, Lake Mary, FL. Sponsored by Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. For more information, Click Here.

*May 3 - 4, 2018, Death Penalty Defense, Columbus, OH. Sponsored by Ohio State Bar Association. For more information, Click Here.

*May 17 - 19, 2018, National Capital Voir Dire Training Program, Boulder, CO. Sponsored by the National College of Capital Voir Dire. For more information, Click Here.

*May 22 – 26, Darrow - Baldus Death Penalty College, Iowa City, IA. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Law School. For more information, Click Here.

*July 28 - August 2, 2018, The Brian R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College, Santa Clara, CA. Sponsored by the Santa Clara University School of Law and the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project. For more information, Click Here

*September 13 - 14, 2018, NACDL's 20th Annual Making the Case for Life Seminar, Memphis, TN. For more information, Click Here.

*Indicates program has previously been approved by PD Commission to satisfy training requirement of CR 24.