New York



Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
Year of First Execution
(since reenactment)
No executions between 1995 and 2007
Year of Abolition

1778-1887: hanging

1888-1994: electrocution
1995-2007: lethal injection (never used)

Current Method


In 2004, New York's death penalty law was declared unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals, and in 2007 the last remaining death sentence was reduced to life, leaving New York with a vacant death row and no viable death penalty laws. In 2008 Governor David Paterson issued an executive order requiring the removal of all execution equipment from state facilities.

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