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USA - Published the latest edition of "Death Row USA", updated to 1 October 2020

December 23, 2020:

Published the latest edition of "Death Row USA", updated to 1 October 2020: 2,553 death row prisoners.
Fueled by at least 16 COVID-19 deaths and a record-low number of new death sentences caused by the cancelation or postponement of capital trials, the population of U.S. death row dipped 3.4% in the year spanning October 2019 through September 2020, according to the latest quarterly death-row census by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF).
The Death Penalty Information Center’s analysis of the Fall 2020 edition of LDF’s Death Row USA—released in mid-December 2020—found that 86 fewer men and women were sentenced to death or subject to the death penalty in capital retrials or resentencing proceedings on October 1, 2020 than at the same time in 2019. LDF reported that 2,553 prisoners or defendants who had been sentenced to death faced continuing jeopardy of execution, down from the 2,639 reported one year earlier. Death row declined by 38 prisoners in the three months between July 1 and September 30, the largest quarterly decline since January 2017.
The number of people on death row or facing potential capital resentencings has declined by 30.1% percent since the turn of the century. LDF reported 3,652 people on death row or facing capital resentencing on January 1, 2000, 1,099 more than face jeopardy of execution today. The Bureau of Justice Statistics has reported that the death-row population in the U.S. has declined every year since 2001, with the number of former death-row prisoners resentenced to life or less or exonerated outstripping the number of new death sentences imposed.
The number of U.S. prisoners facing active death sentences fell even more sharply in the third quarter of 2020, with COVID deaths contributing to a 40-person decline. A Death Penalty Information Center analysis of LDF’s death-row count found that 227 individuals whose convictions or death sentences had been reversed were awaiting retrial, resentencing, or completion of the appeals process. That left 2,326 prisoners facing active death sentences, 81 fewer (a 3.4% decrease) than the 2,407 death sentences that were active October 1, 2019.
The percentage of the nation’s death-row prisoners incarcerated in states that have formal moratoria on executions again fell fractionally from 34.5% to 34.4%, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak that killed 13 prisoners on California’s death row. As of October 1, 877 people were on death rows or facing capital resentencing in the three remaining moratorium states: California, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. Subtracting the cases in moratorium states and the cases in which convictions or death sentences have been overturned, LDF found that there were 1,496 currently enforceable death sentences in the country, the first time in decades the number has been that low. The percentage of the nation’s death-row prisoners who do not have active and enforceable death sentences held steady at 41.4%.
As always, the most populous death row is that of California (711), the most populous state in the United States but also a state that has not carried out executions for little less than 15 years, since January 2006. California is followed by: Florida (347), Texas (210), Alabama (170), Pennsylvania (142), North Carolina (141), Ohio (141) and Arizona (119).
Some states have very few people on death row: 1 in New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming, 2 in Montana and Virginia, 4 on the military death row (the last execution of a soldier was in 1961).
Nationwide, the death row population continues to reflect racial disparities in capital punishment. 42.2% of death-row prisoners were white, 41.6% were Black, 13.4% Latinx, 1.8% Asian, and 0.9% were Native American.
Among states with at least 10 prisoners on death row, Nebraska (75%), Texas (73%), and Louisiana (72%) remained the states that had the highest percentage of racial and ethnic minorities. Two percent of all death-row prisoners are women.

https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/news/covid-19s-impact-on-death-row-population-reflected-in-fall-2020-death-row-usa-report

(Sources: DPIC, HoC, 23/12/2020)

KUWAIT: EMPLOYER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING FILIPINA DOMESTIC WORKER
IRAN - Fereydoun Tavakoli was executed in Rasht Central Prison on 31 December 2020.
EGYPT: KILLERS OF MAADI GIRL HANDED DOWN DEATH PENALTY
IRAN - Hamid Rastbala, Kabir Sa’adat Jahani and Mohammad Ali Arayesh were executed on December 31
IRAN - The United Nations condemns the execution of Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee.
KAZAKHSTAN: PARLIAMENT RATIFIES INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOL TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
USA - California. Samuel Little died. He was serving life sentences
IRAN - A man was executed at Rajaee Shahr Prison on on December 30.
IRAN - Mustafa Seifi executed on December 30 in Sanandaj Central Prison.
INDIA: MAN AWARDED DOUBLE DEATH PENALTY FOR RAPE, MURDER OF 7-YEAR OLD DALIT GIRL IN TAMIL NADU
USA - Architects against the construction of torture sites and death chambers.
JAPAN: NO DEATH PENALTIES CARRIED OUT IN 2020 FOR FIRST TIME IN 9 YEARS
USA - Ohio. Romell Broom, who survived execution attempt, dies. COVID suspected.
CHINA: COURT REINSTATES DEATH SENTENCE FOR RAPE, MURDER OF 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL
KUWAIT: EGYPTIAN MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING KUWAITI WOMAN AND HER SAUDI MOTHER
TANZANIA: FOUR GET DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING CHADEMA OFFICIAL
INDIA: ASSAM MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE AND MURDER OF A FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL
IRAN - Mehraban Barahouei and Khodadad Nohatani executed on December 26 at Zahedan Central Prison.
NIGERIA: OSUN MECHANIC TO DIE BY HANGING FOR ARMED ROBBERY
USA - Federal. Stay of Lisa Montgomery’s execution.
PAKISTAN: RAWALPINDI MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPING DIFFERENTLY-ABLED MINOR
IRAN - Abdulhamid Mir-Balouchzehi hanged on December 26 in the Prison of Zahedan.
IRAN - Seyed Paki executed in Qom Central Prison on December 26.
IRAN - 4 prisoners were executed at Ahvaz Sepidar Prison on December 24, 2020.
JAPAN: SUPREME COURT ALLOWS RETRIAL FOR ‘LONGEST’ DEATH ROW PRISONER
SOMALIA: AL SHABAAB EXECUTE MAN FOR MURDER
EGYPT: CAIRO COURT TO SENTENCE 3 DEFENDANTS TO DEATH OVER TORCHING HOUSE, KILLING CHILD
KAZAKHSTAN: NO NEED TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION FOR THE RATIFICATION OF THE OPTIONAL PROTOCOL
SOMALIA: AL SHABAAB COURT CUTS OFF A MAN’S HAND FOR STEALING
BANGLADESH: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH IN SHAMIUL MURDER CASE

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