Reinforcing our Commitment to Abolish the Death Penalty Begins with You
Resources on the latest research covering Missouri and U.S. death penalty systems, along with frequently asked questions.
The leading research center covering the US death penalty is Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). We highly recommend looking through all aspects of their website, which breaks down policy issues, facts and research, executions and methods of execution, death row statistics, and a break down of the state and federal death penalty. You can also view leading writings on race and the death penalty from DPIC’s Senior Director of Research and Special Projects, Ngozi Ndulue. For students interested in studying the death penalty visit DPIC’s Student Research Center.
Equal Justice Initiative : EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. You can find their resources here.
The Community Remembrance Project of Missouri: the Community Remembrance Project of Missouri (CRP-MO) was established by Missourians to work in coordination with communities throughout the state to memorialize victims of racial terror lynching, raise public awareness, facilitate education, and engage in conversations around reconciliation. We strongly encourage you to look through their resource tab here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Number of known innocent people freed from Missouri death row: 4
Last execution in Missouri: Ernest Lee Johnson, executed 10/05/2021
*Death from COVID-19: Richard Davis, Dec 1, 2020
In 2021, Missouri had no new death sentences.
Pending death penalty cases have declined dramatically over the last ten years and continue to.