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US States with the Most Executions

Name the U.S. states that have executed the most people since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1976.
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level 67
Jul 28, 2017
Disgusting.
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level 54
Jul 28, 2017
Inexcusable
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level 69
Jul 28, 2017
Absolutely. It will be a fine day when the US joins the civilized world.
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level 70
Aug 10, 2017
Agreed.
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level 62
Nov 11, 2017
Tell that to someone whose daughter was brutally raped and then murdered.
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level 35
Nov 11, 2017
The death penalty is much better then locking someone in solitary confinement for 50 years.
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level 22
Nov 11, 2017
haha like the thousands that all the europeans used to do.
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level 50
Nov 13, 2017
The USA didn't have a death penalty between 1967 and 1976.
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level 47
Nov 14, 2017
Agreed. As a father, I firmly believe someone who has had their daughter raped and murdered is the least rational person in the world to ask about punishment for the offender. Society as a whole should be more thoughtful and considered than a vengeful father could possibly be. The death penalty made sense once (so did hanging-drawing-and-quartering, so did witch burning, so did stoning, etc.), but our society is moving on. Study after study shows that the death penalty does not deter crime, and it's more expensive to run the whole grim process than it is to just keep someone in prison.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
::eye roll::
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level 46
Nov 11, 2017
I disagree.
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level 16
Nov 11, 2017
"Civilized world" that coddles murderers? No thank you!
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level 47
Nov 11, 2017
Now let's see Chinas numbers
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level 60
Jul 28, 2017
For killing others very well done. Taking ones life say goodbye to yours
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level 35
Nov 13, 2017
So you'd rather spend valuable government funds keeping a despicable individual in prison for the rest of his/her life? I see a severe lack of logic there.
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level 54
Nov 14, 2017
On average it costs the government more money to carry out the full requirement of a death penalty than it does to house an inmate for life.
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level 65
Jul 28, 2017
Are people really giving this quiz lower ratings because they disapprove of the death penalty?
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level 72
Jul 28, 2017
probably. People can't separate facts and statistics from feelings and politics.
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level 46
Jul 28, 2017
It took me the most time to get Missouri. Got all the others fairly easily. But I do agree that it's disgusting that a so-called civilized society still does this. What's the accent mark after the 92 in Florida for?
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level 46
Nov 11, 2017
I disagree wholeheartedly. Why don't they deserve to die for an inexcusable crime?
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level 51
Nov 11, 2017
How many innocents have been executed? That's the thing. Death is final. No chance for redemption. Punishment must fit the crime. Death fits no crime.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Chaos, if you believe in punitive or retributive justice (sentences as just punishment), how could death not fit any crime? The crimes of Hitler or Uday Hussein weren't bad enough?
If you believe sentencing should be more concerned about deterrence, rehabilitation, and the good of society as I do, then death would be reserved for those individuals whom are irredeemable and never able to reenter society and whose continued existence will only cause pain to themselves and to others since they are not able to be part of any functioning community.
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level 44
Nov 13, 2017
Kalbahamut, I would be very careful saying something like that, because there's many mentally ill people in state hospitals who fit the categorization you just described. Should they all be executed?
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level 37
Nov 11, 2017
Those who cruelly murder others with intent to do so deserve their own medicine. The death penalty is a good thing to have.
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level 72
Jul 28, 2017
Could use less time. Fast typists can just try all of the states. How do I know this? Because I did it. I WAS just going to guess southern states, but when I saw how much time I figured I'd give it a shot.
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level 64
Jul 28, 2017
Don't 'slow typists' do the same thing only slower?
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level 78
Jul 28, 2017
You could re-title this quiz "States Where It's Not Unusual to See a Bearded Gentlemen Strolling Down the Street with a Rifle on a Tuesday Afternoon" and the results would be exactly the same.
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level 74
Aug 3, 2017
What's your point?
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level 70
Aug 10, 2017
Hahaha
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level 44
Nov 13, 2017
Strange. I've been to all of these states. I've lived in one for over 25 years, and in others for several more years. Never seen any bearded man strolling down the street with a rifle on a Tuesday afternoon. Or any afternoon.
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level 49
Jul 28, 2017
I'm sure all of you Dems would say the exact same thing if a quiz was made on number of abortions by state.
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level 69
Aug 23, 2017
that's a great idea for a quiz
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level 60
Sep 30, 2017
Fetuses aren't people.
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level 55
Nov 11, 2017
What a great quiz idea! Oh wait... we wouldn't be able to get reliable statistics since a vast amount of abortions (nearly 50% worldwide) are carried out illegally and in secret, which in turn results in a high mortality rate as these abortions are extremely unsafe. One woman dies every seven minutes due to unsafe abortions, and numerous studies have shown that the legality (or illegality) of abortions has a negligible effect on the total number of abortions, so any questions of fetuses being considered sentient human beings can be avoided. Just ask yourself, which would you rather? One death or two? The fetus is going to die either way, and women aren't going to stop getting abortions.
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level 46
Nov 11, 2017
Safe abortions conducted by specialists can remove the foetus and save the woman. The only reason abortions are carried out illegally all the time is because some absolute idiots see it as unethical when it is, in fact, 100% natural. Many animals will either leave a handicapped child to die or murder it.
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level 44
Nov 13, 2017
MeetsuhSpahkulu so we should be modeling our morality and society on the animal world now?
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level 64
Jul 28, 2017
It is for the relatives of the men, women and children brutally murdered to make the judgement. If it was your child, your wife, your husband, your brother, your sister ...... your baby. Then you have the right to say nay or yay. Others are just whistling in the wind.
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level 76
Aug 6, 2017
That's called revenge not justice.
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level 56
Nov 11, 2017
I support revenge.
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level 55
Nov 11, 2017
No, you don't. That's precisely why the law calls for a detached magistrate. Personal feelings are anathema to justice. The families of the victims are the last people who should be handing out sentences.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Disagree with both Malbaby and the self-righteous underinformed nerf herders above talking about the "civilized world." The death penalty might serve a purpose but that purpose should not be punitive. Ideally no judgment should be, at least not entirely.
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level 61
Jul 29, 2017
Gotta love that southern charm
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level 49
Nov 13, 2017
Fun fact: by percentage of population, Delaware has more executions per capita than Texas. It's population that puts a lot of these states on the list. Even then, by the latter half of the top ten, you're getting close to a heck ton - excuse my 'southern charm' - of New England states. The only reason New York isn't present is because it didn't have the death penalty for most of the time used here (1976-present), and even in these states which did, it was often by razor-thin votes.
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level 67
Jul 30, 2017
For the holier-than-thou who call it disgusting and uncivilized -- executions are reserved for murders with extenuating circumstances. In other words, the most violent murders including torture and/or rapes. Those people would end up spending the rest of their lives in prison and possibly freed if finding an opportunity with bleeding-heart freaks who think they could be rehabilitated only to kill another innocent person. For those who say that wouldn't happen -- it has. Repeatedly. I actually think it is less cruel to execute someone who never has a chance of leaving prison walls. What kind of life is that? I think the sadists who call themselves civilized enjoy seeing people wasting away in prison.
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level 58
Aug 1, 2017
I personally think, nobody has the right to take somebody's life, neither private people nor the state / government. Additionally don't forget there is no possibility of taking back or correcting an execution. Just think of Todd Willingham...
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level 58
Aug 31, 2017
I'm in two minds about it. On the one hand we all know about the sick kinds of things people have done to others. Whether you heard about it on the news or (like me) watched quite a few documentaries on how cases are solved - which obviously includes knowing what happened. On the other hand I can't say that I'm pro death penalty either. I always imagine a life in prison is way harder. I heard about a guy who got sentenced to 1.000 years in prison and I thought that was ridiculous because no one gets that old but it ensured him never getting out because even if one charge was dropped all the others would keep him in prison. I'm glad I'm not on the deciding end here.
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level 60
Sep 30, 2017
Except that we know innocent people have been executed for crimes they didn't commit and there are serious racial disparities in sentencing. So, no. It's not justice.
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level 74
Nov 11, 2017
Anyone who supports the death penalty, in a legal system that can (and does) make mistakes, is supporting the occasional killing of an innocent person. Many serious criminal cases are very clear-cut; however many others are not. That means that statistically, there is a 100% chance that if you maintain the death penalty for an indefinite amount of time, an innocent person will at some point be killed. If that fact doesn't make you reevaluate your stance, then you are an awful person.
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level 55
Nov 11, 2017
It's disgusting and uncivilized. Murder is murder. The whole reason we punish murder is because it's wrong, so how can the state turn around and murder someone itself? Secondly, your characterization of which cases get the death penalty is inaccurate. It's reserved for felony murder. That does not apply only in cases of rape, etc. If you kill someone while robbing a bank, that's felony murder. Next, your argument that murdering someone is "better" than a life in prison is beyond moronic. Which fate is worse for a person is for that person -- definitely not for you -- to decide. Many prisoners salvage meaning out of their sentences. They get GEDs, learn crafts, find religion, whatever. If they'd prefer to die than live out a life sentence, they can make that decision themselves. To suggest that you're somehow doing someone a favor by executing him is the height of idiocy. But then again, what can you expect out of someone who supports the death penalty? Moron.
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level 56
Nov 11, 2017
Think of it as the government aborting this person's life, not murdering them.
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level 44
Nov 13, 2017
All murder is felony murder. You keep using that word; I don't think it means what you think it means.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Because murder isn't murder when it's not murder. :P

Arguing that removing a criminal who cannot be rehabilitated from society humanely is "worse" than keeping them locked in a box forever where great efforts will be made to prevent them from taking their own life and they will be denied the same access to the appeals process that those on death row receive is beyond moronic. If criminals get to choose their own sentences now I'd like to retroactively submit that all those speeding tickets I had to pay steep fines for would be much more civilized if they were sensual massages instead of fines.
The fanatical obsession people have with preserving and prolonging life at all costs and in all conditions no matter what is the height of idiocy. But then again, what can you expect out of someone who believes the death penalty is disgusting and uncivilized?

Do the unsupported insults help my argument any?
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level 55
Nov 12, 2017
No, but if you feel so infuriated by my position that you feel compelled to pepper them in to an otherwise cogent argument, then I would understand. I am so tired of these idiots who feel that years of practiced ignorance entitles them to take a stance on an important subject about which they know nothing. Most of my comment was substantive. Although my tone was obviously impertinent, I didn't insult the poster until the end, and frankly, I don't feel bad about calling kapulan a moron because kapuluan seems like a moron. And your characterization of my argument is disingenuous, but since I sense that your goal was to annoy me rather than to take a position, I won't waste my energy refuting it, except to say that a state choosing not to commit murder is hardly the same as letting a prisoner choose his own sentence.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
ECon: If you are against the death penalty because you think the criminal justice system makes mistakes (to use some of your twisted logic) this means you are in favor of occasionally taking some innocent 18 year old, locking them in a box for the next 60 years where they can slowly ruminate on the complete and utter waste that their life has become, effectively tortured by this fact over the course of decades. A sadistic and unnecessary prolongation of the effects of this hypothetical mistake.
If the criminal justice system is flawed, and I believe it is, this is an argument for the reformation and improvement of the criminal justice system. It is not a good argument for or against the death penalty. Currently Americans given the death penalty get FAR greater access to the appeals process than those given life sentences and are much more likely to prove their innocence because of this. This is why people say the death penalty is more expensive. Maybe you are an awful person?
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level 74
Nov 11, 2017
Kalbahamut: You're twisting my words. I believe that it's the lesser of two evils for someone wrongly convicted of a murder to be sentenced to life in prison rather than executed. Both scenarios are absolutely terrible for the person involved, but only 1 of them gives any chance of future exoneration. The criminal justice system will never be 100% fool-proof, so it will always be better to keep someone alive and able to possibly be exonerated in the future, rather than executed and never get that chance. Basically I'm of the opinion that wrongfully executing someone is one of the worst things a country can do, and should be avoided at all costs. The only guaranteed way to avoid that occurring, is for the country to not have the death penalty. If you disagree with that, then neither of us are ever going to change the other person's mind.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Econ I'm not twisting your words I'm reflecting them back at you as a rhetorical device. Yes i disagree that death is the worst thing you can do to someone. Since once you are dead your suffering is over. I don't believe all life is sacred I think this is an unsupportable religious argument. I think forced confinement is worse. And everyone is going to die sooner or later anyway what matters, if anything matters, is the quality of life, the suffering and joy, of those who are still alive.
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level 55
Nov 12, 2017
You are not nearly as good at this as you seem to think. An 18-year-old can be wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, but he can later be exonerated and set free -- and this does happen. You can't un-kill him if you've executed him before he is exonerated. It is horrible to send an innocent person to prison for a term of years. It is much more horrible to kill an innocent person. This is the basic and logically valid underpinning of ECon's argument, which you seem intent on obfuscating because you're more concerned with feeling superior to everyone else than with engaging an idea on its own terms. I don't think ECon's argument is the best one, but it's coherent and ordered. It doesn't necessitate, as you suggest, that he supports wrongful convictions. So yeah, you're twisting ECon's words.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
caribdevist: endemic racism in the justice system is another issue that should be addressed and corrected. Removing one among many available sentences won't fix the problem here. It's not acceptable to say... hey this group of people seems to be sentenced to death more often than this group. Okay.. let's eliminate that punishment and just sentence them to something else. That fixes nothing. None of you are making relevant arguments. You could by the same logic argue that we should abolish parking tickets... or late fees for those who don't pay their phone bill... being self-righteous and insulting doesn't shore up your argument any, either.
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level 52
Nov 11, 2017
And to think you got uppity at me saying you are a tad sanctimonious?
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Don't know what you're talking about lux. I'm neither sanctimonious nor uppity.
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level 64
Nov 12, 2017
Well thanks for letting us all know.
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level 69
Aug 3, 2017
You can pretty much type all of the states in this time limit.
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level 57
Sep 20, 2017
92'
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level 60
Nov 11, 2017
The death penalty has been REinstituted in the USA? That's surprising.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Yep. Here's a selected timeline that I posted on another quiz:

Michigan abolished the death penalty in 1846.
Rhode Island in 1852.
Wisconsin in 1853.
Maine in 1887.
The United States Supreme Court effectively banned it altogether in 1972. Though it was reinstated in some places in 1976.
Belarus still allows the death penalty.
Latvia abolished it in 2012.
The Netherlands (in all its territories) in 2010.
Russia in 2009.
Albania in 2007.
the UK in 2006 (Jersey), or 1998.
not that this will stop any European from acting like they are god's gift to humanity. Let's see.. thousands of years of crucifixions, burning people alive, public disembowelment and beheading, displaying decapitated heads on London Bridge, torture, castration of homosexuals, genocide, holocaust, and starting the trans-Atlantic slave trade... but... you (almost) abolished the death penalty on the continent five years ago?? Wow! SO civilized! Give yourselves a cookie
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level 66
Nov 11, 2017
"not that this will stop any European from acting like they are god's gift to humanity"? You sure you aren't perpetuating stereotypes?
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level 34
Nov 11, 2017
Last executions in Great Britain was in 1964 - it was abolished in 1965. It may have lingered on the statutes on some remote parts of the UK due to these places being self governing - but was never used.
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level 52
Nov 11, 2017
I just think Kalby, when dealing w/ppl who can be a tad sanctimonius, the best thing is to laugh at them and watch them being hoist by their own petard. Job done. Cool it my old fruit.
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Nov 11, 2017
I agree with you that, seen through the prism of history, we Europeans shouldn't get too smug. As you mentioned, several US states abolished capital punishment at at time when Victorian Britain (remember Oliver Twist?) still executed people for petty theft. Modern days are a bit different, though. For instance a country cannot be a member of the European Union if it practices death penalty. Are there any plans in the US that I'm unaware of to expell states that have capital punishment in their state legislation?
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level 64
Nov 11, 2017
Whoah. I think Kalbahamut just went off the deep end.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Camus: absolutely. Johnny: so what? Lux: I'm cool and always have been and you're in no position to label anyone produce.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Priamos: no. But states do enjoy a lot of autonomy when it comes to criminal justice and it's always been that way. Further, while I am neither for nor against the death penalty (I'm against bad arguments, which I see on both sides, and against hypocrisy and self-righteous hypocritical twats whom I see only on one side) - I don't see it as barbaric practiced as it is currently in some parts of the United States and so really no reason to expel those states or suggest that they ought to be. At least not based on this. There are better reasons to cut the south loose.
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level 47
Nov 11, 2017
Refuse to answer such a sick quiz
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level 48
Nov 11, 2017
Then why in the world did you click on it? Also how are honest stats "sick"? This quiz is neither endorsing or condemning the death penalty, it is just telling the truth.
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level 37
Nov 11, 2017
The facts never lie
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level 48
Nov 11, 2017
Not that it really matters, but there's an apostrophe on Florida's number.
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level 44
Nov 11, 2017
Quiz is good. My opinion about the issue: Death penalty is not penalty. It's revenge. I understand that example islamic countries has death penalty because Koran teaches to revenge, but christian country should not do that because New testament teaches not to revenge. Penalty should always be smaller than the crime. Otherwise it's revenge.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
I see bad arguments on both sides and on the "for" side it usually is because people in favor of the death penalty often believe justice should be punitive. To believe in this requires belief in free will. Which to me is not supported so I see this as a religious argument and therefore not compelling.
On the "against" side most arguments come down either to cultural chauvinism or to the idea that all life is sacred. The latter belief also cannot be supported. It's a religious argument and therefore not compelling.
Very few people on either side make rational arguments about what's objectively good for society or those affected by the crime or application of justice. When they do they are often weak arguments... A thin veneer that if you tug on slightly will reveal the revenge or biophilia motives at the root of each rationale.
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level 48
Nov 11, 2017
Saying every life is sacred is in no way just a religious belief, many non religious people believe it. Also a very common argument, and the one I use, is that there are many documented cases of innocent people being convicted and killed. That is not acceptable.
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level 63
Nov 13, 2017
You don't believe in free will? So then what DO you believe determines a person's actions?
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level 35
Nov 11, 2017
“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. Genesis 9:6
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Curious coming from the same book where God commands people to smash babies against rocks in an act of genocide. As well as prescribing the death penalty for everything from saying a naughty word to picking up sticks on a Saturday.
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level 56
Nov 11, 2017
Not enough in my opinion.
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level 56
Nov 11, 2017
pretty much any state below the bible belt, makes total sense
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level 52
Nov 12, 2017
This was easy. Just think of which states spend their free time doing one of two things: having sex with their sisters, or doing heroin.
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level 44
Nov 13, 2017
Right. Far better to be among those who make unfair insulting generalizations about large numbers of people about whom they apparently know nothing.
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level 18
Nov 12, 2017
*vomits*
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level 42
Nov 12, 2017
Proud of my state.
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level 15
Nov 13, 2017
my state is number 8
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