Massachusetts Bay Colony announces only 13 crimes are legal for death, including witchcraft and idolatry.
William Penn's Great Act says only the death penalty can occur for murder and treason in Pennsylvania.
England sentences death for 14 offenses, American colonies force the death penalty for a smaller amount of crimes
Political views and advances in technology increase the acceptance of the use of the death penalty.
John Brown is hanged for treason for the conspiracy of a murder in Charles Town, VA.
William Kemmler is the first person executed in the electric chair for a murder at New York Auburn Prison.
A abolition movement leads to numerous state death penalty statues.
Kansas is the first state that does not allow the death penalty. 8 states follow this over the next 10 years.
Defense attorney Clarence Darrow wins life sentences instead of death penalty for the Chicago "thrill killers".
2 Italian immigrants are executed in Mass. for two murders.
167 deaths a year in the U.S. The highest amount so far.
Doubts in the death penalty leads to decline in executions.
Luis Jose Monge dies in gas chamber at Colorado State Penitentiary, unofficial moratorium an executions start.
Supreme Court Furman v. Georgia death penalty amounts to cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment.
States changed the way death penalty sentences are carried out. Supreme Court rules in Gregg v. Georgia that the death penalty is now constitutional
Oklahoma is the first state that has the lethal injection.
Utahs firing squad made Gary Gilmore the first person executed in the last 10 years.
Supreme Court discusses the views on the death penalty.
Supreme Court executes insane person in Ford v. Wainwright.
Perry v. Lynaugh Supreme Court is against executing mentally retarded people. Doesn't violate 8th amendment.
Death penalty in a huge debate in anti- crime in Congress.
During his second term, President Clinton signs crime bill making over 60 additional crimes eligible for death penalty.
The House votes 297-132 to limits inmates appeals of the death penalty to a year in state cases.
Governor George E. Pataki brings new death penalty sentence back to New York State
American Bar Association requests a stoppage to the death penalty until courts can ensure that fairness and due process are followed and with minimum risk of execution of innocent people
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