Capital Punishment Enactment Database


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The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks significant capital punishment enactments in the states. You can search legislation for each year from 2017 to 2019 by state, topic, keyword, year, or primary sponsor. Capital Punishment topics include: execution methods and procedures, trial and appellate procedures, aggravating factors, intellectual disability and mental illness, repeal or reinstatement, ballot measures, resolutions and studies, and other significant enactments.


For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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Explanation of Search Keywords

Includes legislation modifying primary and secondary methods of execution prescribed by statute, statutory execution procedures including legislation related to protocols, witnesses, confidentiality laws, and protections for execution participants.
Includes legislation modifying statutory procedures for capital cases including notice of intent to seek the death penalty, trial procedures, evidentiary requirements, including preservation requirements, counsel, appellate jurisdiction, execution warrants and clemency procedures.
Includes legislation adding or eliminating statutory aggravating factors that make a case death penalty eligible.
Includes legislation modifying law to meet constitutional standards for excluding intellectually disabled individuals from capital punishment and for determining a defendant’s intellectual disability. Also, includes legislation addressing mitigating evidence and exclusion of individuals with serious mental illness.
Includes legislation that repeals capital punishment laws or reinstates capital punishment.
Includes ballot measures and legislative resolutions or legislation addressing capital punishment, including studies of capital punishment laws and practices.
Includes other significant capital punishment enactments.


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