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List of US states that have abolished the death penalty. Michigan was the first state to abolish capital punishment, and in fact never conducted an execution after it joined the Union. Alaska and Hawaii both abolished the death penalty prior to statehood, and Oregon abolished the death penalty in 1964, but reinstated it in 1984. The District of Columbia also no longer uses the death penalty 1981, with its last execution applied in 1957. Connecticut became the 17th state to abolish the death penalty in April 2012.

The year each state did away with capital punishment is highlighted below.

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Alaska is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Alaska 1959-01-03 - 1957

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Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Connecticut 1788-01-09 - 2012

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Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Hawaii 1959-08-21 - 1957

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Illinois is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Illinois 1818-08-26 - 2011

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Iowa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Iowa 1846-12-28 - 1965

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Maine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Maine 1820-03-15 - 1887

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Massachusetts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Massachusetts 1788-02-06 - 1984

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Michigan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Michigan 1837-01-26 - 1846

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Minnesota is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Minnesota 1817-12-10 - 1911

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New Jersey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
New Jersey 1787-12-18 - 2007

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New Mexico is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
New Mexico 1912-01-06 - 2007

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New York is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
New York 1788-07-26 - 2007

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North Dakota is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
North Dakota 1889-11-02 - 1973

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Rhode Island is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Rhode Island 1790-05-29 - 1984

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Vermont is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Vermont 1791-03-04 - 1964

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West Virginia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
West Virginia 1863-06-20 - 1965

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Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list US States That Have Abolished the Death Penalty
Wisconsin 1848-05-29 - 1853