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"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
Illinois 12 2011
Indiana 20 (state has a death penalty)
Iowa 0 1965
Kansas 0 (state has a death penalty)
Kentucky 0 (state has a death penalty)
Michigan 0 1846
Minnesota 0 1911
Missouri 78 (state has a death penalty)
Nebraska 3 (state has a death penalty)
North Dakota 0 1973
Ohio 53 (state has a death penalty)
South Dakota 3 (state has a death penalty)
Wisconsin 0 1853

Source: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/number-executions-state-and-region-1976

Data updated September 18, 2014.
Charlotte Preston is Vice President of our MA Region Board

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