"I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice."
-- Theodore Parker, Unitarian minister
In our MidAmerica Region of the UUA, the arc of moral justice is bending slowly regarding a state's use or rejection of the death penalty. Six of our 13 states have a death penalty; seven have abolished it. Since 1976, the numbers of people executed under the death penalty have been highest in Missouri, with 78 executions. Michigan was the earliest to abolish it in 1846 and Illinois the most recent, 2011.
|MidAmerica State Name||Number of Executions Since 1976||Year When Death Penalty Was Abolished, if it was|
|Indiana||20||(state has a death penalty)|
|Kansas||0||(state has a death penalty)|
|Kentucky||0||(state has a death penalty)|
|Missouri||78||(state has a death penalty)|
|Nebraska||3||(state has a death penalty)|
|Ohio||53||(state has a death penalty)|
|South Dakota||3||(state has a death penalty)|
Data updated September 18, 2014.
Charlotte Preston is Vice President of our MA Region Board