California Has The Largest Death Row Population In The Country

DC: California has the largest death row population in the country, though the trend showed an opposite effect nationally, according to a study released Friday.

Pew Research Center analyzed data from the Death Penalty Information Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where it found California’s death row population in 2017 increased by almost 100 inmates since January 2000. The state currently has 744 inmates on death row.

“The increase reflects the fact that California juries have continued to sentence convicted defendants to death even as executions themselves have been on hold in recent years amid legal and political disputes,” according to Pew.

California has not executed an individual since 2006, after courts halted a three-drug execution process between February 1996 to January 2006. The courts struck it down because of fear defendants could face inhumane suffering if one of the drugs failed, according to a Los Angeles Times article on Nov. 6, 2015.

The state proposed a single-drug lethal injection on Nov. 6, 2015, though it has not been carried out, the L.A. Times reported.

Death by capital punishment became the third leading cause of death in California, behind natural causes and suicide, due to the long-term deferral of the death penalty.

Federal death sentences have also increased by 37 inmates since 2003.

The number of deaths across the states, however, decreased from 3,682 to 2,792, or by 24 percent, between 2000 to 2017, according to the NAACP.

The overall decrease in the death penalty could be due to the number of people sentenced to death row have decreased. Other factors include defendants dying from other causes or they were exonerated, according to Pew.  more here

14 Comments on California Has The Largest Death Row Population In The Country

  1. I voted G. Davis twice (Arnie in ’03) because he was honest. duke promised to use the gas chamber. but it was a “Compassion conservative” lie! Arnie also lied to me.

    the Death Penalty is totally a non deterrent in Cal because only Ronny and Grey enforced the law!
    thugs know they will never be killed!




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  2. Huh! That’s really interesting. In no way related to that statistic, is the fact that California also has the largest number of illegal immigrants. What a weird coincidence!




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  3. But what’s the death row population weighted by state population? It doesn’t tell me much that CA has the most convicts awaiting execution. At about 40 million, CA has the largest population of any state, and about 10 million more residents than the next most populous state, Texas, and almost twice as many people as #3, Florida.




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  4. Empty every death row in 1 week.
    Mr. .22 can & will do the job.
    80k$ to house a inmate per year AVR.
    OH! You want lethal injection? I got
    some dangerous redneck chemicals in my
    garage that will dam sure do the trick.




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  5. Hey, since the left is so worried about how we execute death row inmates, how about we execute them using the same methods used by abortion clinics to kill babies? Surely the left couldn’t object to THAT!




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  6. Anyone in California’s death row who has killed a woman or child are welcome to come to my house where I will personally dispatch them myself…………..pick their favorite caliber




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  7. The number of deaths across the states, however, decreased .. according to NAACP

    Advancement of colored people. Job well done.

    Would NAACP count inmates if the number increased? Are we talking just colored inmates?




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  8. Yep, and part of the problem with that is that the people on death row do not include the liberal leaders in government that have helped perpetuate the problem.




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  9. There should be no Death Row. If the sentence is Death, then carry it out within 48 hours. No lifetime “Row” on the taxpayers dime and no inmates stewing forever about their upcoming demise.

    The prolonged delays in bringing cases to court is ample time to virtually eliminate any wrongful deaths. Justice delayed is Justice denied.




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  10. You want to cancel the death penalty. Fine, replace it with a frontal lobotomy. Give the prisoner his choice, the death penalty or a lobotomy plus a five year prison sentence to make sure the lobotomy has taken.




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  11. we all have choices
    up them to good use. Throw them in the wild fires and make em help to live or not and burn.
    its their choice.
    just as in life, some will not make it and some will.
    but, in life, nobody gets out alive!




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