Image and Data Visualisation: What is Death Penalty?

Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The judicial decree that someone be punished in this manner is a death sentence, while the actual enforcement is an execution. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences.

Capital punishment has, in the past, been practiced by most societies, as a punishment for criminals, and political or religious dissidents. Historically, the carrying out of the death sentence was often accompanied by torture, and executions were most often public.

Executions in 2008, by Country

  • China – 1,718
  • Iran – 346
  • Saudi Arabia – 102
  • United States – 37
  • Pakistan – 36
  • Iraq – 34
  • Vietnam – 19
  • Afghanistan – 17
  • North Korea – 15
  • All others – 66

Executions from 1976 – Oct 2009, by State

  • Texas – 442 (38%)
  • Virginia – 103
  • Oklahoma – 91
  • Florida – 68
  • Missouri – 67
  • Georgia – 46
  • Alabama – 44
  • North Carolina – 43
  • South Carolina – 42
  • Ohio – 32
  • Louisiana – 27
  • Arkansas – 27
  • All others – 149

2007 – 2012

Amnesty International executions around the world

At least 1,722 people were sentenced to death in 58 countries in 2012. This is a decrease from 2011, when at least 1,923 people were known to have been sentenced in 63 countries worldwide, and a reduction for the second year running (2010: 2,024 death sentences in 67 countries).

(Death Penalty In 2013, video via YouTube)

(Image source: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/end-death-penalty/about)

“The death penalty is the ultimate in cruel and inhumane treatment. It reduces the state to the role of killer, and we believe it should never be used – no ifs, no buts.”

(Source: http://usliberals.about.com/od/deathpenalty/i/DeathPenalty.htmhttp://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/mar/29/death-penalty-countries-world#_)

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