The Status of the Death Penalty in Missouri
- Number of executions since 1976: 88
- Last execution: Mark Christeson, January 31, 2017
- Number of death row inmates: 26
- Number of innocent people freed from death row: 4
The legislative session in Missouri runs from January through May. There are several bills sitting before the House and Senate regarding the abolition of the death penalty and reforms to criminal procedure. During the 2013 session we educated legislators about our position and sought their support of progressive legislation on the death penalty and criminal justice reforms. We were particularly pleased to have wide bipartisan sponsorship of HB 644 to repeal the death penalty, and of SB 61 to conduct a cost audit of the death penalty which was debated on the Senate floor.
Learn more about the current legislative issues regarding the death penalty in Missouri here.
Reports & Factsheets
- Facts About the Death Penalty, Death Penalty Information Center Fact Sheet
The American Bar Association recommends reform of Missouri’s death penalty system in their 2012 assessment report, The Missouri Death Penalty Assessment Report
- DPIC Info
- The Death Penalty, a presentation by Dr. David Tushaus of Missouri Western State University
- Questions About the Death Penalty, An MADP produced factsheet
- MADP 2015 Annual Report, An MADP produced factsheet
- MADP 2015 Annual Report Infographic, An MADP produced factsheet
- The Impact of Race, Gender, and Geography on Missouri Executions by Frank Baumgartner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Smart on Crime: Reconsidering the Death Penalty in a Time of Economic Crisis, A report from the Death Penalty Information Center. Cost specifics begin on page 14
- Kansas Death Penalty Questions, Infographic based off of recent Kansas cost assessment of the death penalty
- Death Penalty Costs – Texas, a cost fact sheet about Texas.
- Cost and Deterrence Infographic, explains why it costs too much to enforce the death penalty.
The death penalty does NOT deter murders
- Police chiefs rank the death penalty last among their priorities for effective crime reduction. See DPIC’s National Poll of Police Chiefs in their Smart on Crime Report.
- The National Registry of Exonerations, 2016 2015 set a record for exonerations in the United States—149 that we know of so far, in 29 states, the District of Columbia, federal courts and Guam.