Trends: Death Sentences and Executions

As the trends below demonstrate, the number of death sentences and executions between 1991-2014 varied greatly. Generally, a rise in the number of executions is also accompanied by a rise in the number of death sentences. Further, the years 1996, 2001, 2004, and 2008 witnessed the sharpest increases in both death sentences and executions. The use of the death penalty has been gradually decreasing since 2009.