New Hampshire


Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
Year of First Execution
(since reenactment)

1891-1985: hanging

1986-present: lethal injection or hanging.

Current Method
Lethal injection or hanging.

(Hanging only if lethal injection is "impractical.")

New Hampshire has life without parole.  A jury decides the sentence.  The Governor has sole authority to grant clemency, but the Governor must consult the Governor's Council for non-binding advice.

New Hampshire has not had an execution in 60 years. As of January 2012, Michael Addison is the only person on the state's death row after his December 2008 conviction for murdering a police officer.  The state passed a law narrowing the old death penalty law and effectively reinstating the punishment in 1991.

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