At least 2,994. As of April 1, 2015, there were 3,002 individuals on death row in the United States. As of July 21, 2015, 8 executions have taken place since then. Our estimate does not take into account the number of death sentences handed down since April, so the number is likely to be higher. For reference, in 2014 there were 73 new death sentences issued in the United States. In 2013, a total of 80 death sentences were handed down. In 2012, a total of 77 death sentences were handed down. In 2011, 80 death sentences were handed down. In 2010, 109 death sentences were handed down to defendants.

For updates, see the websites of the Death Penalty Information Center and the Criminal Justice Project of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund.

(This question was last updated on August 9, 2015.)


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