This year California will vote to keep or ban the death penalty. If California bans it they will be the 18th state to do so (Washington D.C. also has banned the practice). So here are a few maps showing death penalty info. The second and third maps have the number inside each state I used to make the cartogram.
Note: Connecticut and New Mexico have banned the death penalty but grandfathered some people on to death row,11 and 2 respectively. The third map only counts deaths since 1976 because the supreme court put a temporary ban on it between 1972 and 1976. Also that seemed like a good block of time to use for data.
For the record I’m for the death penalty in extreme situations. What I don’t like is having 723 people on death row and only executing 13 in 36 years.
Data source deathpenaltyinfo.org