Since the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court ruling to once again allow the death penalty after a four-year moratorium, more than 1,300 people have been executed in the U.S.
Nearly 40 percent of those executions were carried out in Texas, which only reinstated the death penalty in 1982. On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was executed for beating and fatally stabbing Dorothy Booth, her 71-year-old neighbor.
McCarthy is the 500th person to be executed in the state of Texas.
Here’s a look at the racial breakdown of all inmates executed there since 1982, which is when Texas resumed carrying out capital punishment:
Here’s a timeline of when all these executions were carried out:
Here’s a map of all the executions carried out in the U.S., by state. A larger bubble indicates more executions. Click on any bubble to see exactly how many executions were carried out in that state:
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