The death penalty by the numbers

Number of executions in 2000: 85

Percentage drop in executions since the year before: 13

Number of executions in Texas in 2000: 40
(most executions by one state in one year in U.S. history)

Total U.S. death row population: 3,703

Percentage of total U.S. executions that took place in the South: 89

Percentage of prisoners executed who were Black: 40

Percentage of murder victims who were white in cases where a prisoner was executed last year: 76

Source: Death Penalty Information Center