Death Penalty Facts
At least 1 in 25 people sentenced to the death penalty in the U.S. are innocent.
Death penalty trials are 20 times more expensive than trials seeking a sentence of life in prison without parole.
The Death Penalty is legal in 32 U.S. states.
Iran sentences its citizens to the death penalty if they decide to change their religion from Islam.
Since 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court, 1,394 people have been executed (as of December 2014).
The death penalty was outlawed in the UK partly because a man was wrongfully executed for the murder of his wife and daughter in 1950.
Drug possession and trafficking are punished in Singapore with the death penalty.
Company executives in China can get sentenced to death for committing fraud.
Possessing Bibles, watching South Korean movies and distributing pornography may be punished with death in North Korea.
Crucifixion is still an official form of death penalty in Sudan.
China executes the death penalty more than 4 times as the rest of the world combined.
In 1944, a 14-year-old African-American was executed in the U.S. after a quick 2-hour trial with little evidence.
Saudi Arabia, a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, punished 2,000 people with the death penalty since 1985.
In the 16th century, England punished vagabonds with two years of servitude for the first offence and death penalty for the second.
The night before his execution, a man in Georgia escaped from prison and, later that night, was beaten to death in a bar fight.
The state of Washington may still execute prisoners by hanging.
In 2005, A Chinese company used skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe.
Nike’s slogan “Just do it” was inspired by the last words of a man about to be executed.
Atheism is punished with the death penalty in 13 countries.
Bill Cosby spoke out against giving the death penalty to the man who shot and killed his own son.
103 countries have abolished the death penalty. Notable exceptions include the U.S., Japan and China.
In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
In Ancient Egypt, killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty.
150 people punished with the death penalty were later exonerated by the U.S.
6 in 10 Americans favor the death penalty for convicted murderers.
84% of people surveyed in Egypt are in favor of the death penalty as a punishment for abandoning Islam.
Iran sentences its citizens to the death penalty on cases of corruption.
In Ancient Rome, the punishment for killing one’s father was the death penalty, consisting of being sewn up in a sack along with a viper, a dog, and a cock.
In 1989, an innocent man was punished with the death penalty in Texas because the jury confused him for another with the same name, looks and height.
Nepal was the first country in Asia to introduce gay marriage. It has also outlawed the death penalty.
China has mobile “execution vans” to enforce the death penalty without moving to a proper execution ground.
A Death Row study found that ice cream and pie were the most popular desserts for a last meal, followed by cake.
Belarus is the last UN member country in Europe that still uses the death penalty. Convicts are shot with a pistol.
Since 1981, Mexico does not extradite to countries that are seeking the death penalty, and has successfully defended 400 of its citizens charged with a capital offence in the U.S.