The death penalty is one of those topics society likes to debate. There are those on both sides of the issue who vehemently stand up for their opinion. Whether you are for or against the death penalty, the fact remains that it is still legal in Mississippi. When looking into it, though, you will see that this state is not as heavily using it as some other states.

The Death Penalty Information Center explains that the death by execution started out with hanging. This was the normal method until the introduction of the electric chair in 1940. Gas was then introduced and used starting in 1954. Until 1984, these various methods were common, but at this point, the legislatures changed the law to make lethal injection the only way to carry out the death penalty in the state.

Beyond the methods used, the state has many years since the late 1970s where it has not put anyone to death. In fact, there have often been long periods where the death penalty was not used. For example, from 1990 to 2001, nobody was put to death by the state. The early to mid-2000s saw quite a bit of activity, though. Starting in 2002 up to 2012, when the last execution occurred, the state put to death to a total of 15 inmates.

This does not mean there were not death sentences handed down by the courts, though. Although, the number of such sentences has gone down steadily since the late 1990s. In 2011, there was an attempt to abolish the death penalty, but it did not make it through the legislature. This information is for education and is not legal advice.