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

1864-1977: hanging

1978-1981: lethal injection

Current Method
Lethal injection or firing squad

Firing squad only if lethal injection is "impractical"


Idaho has life without parole.    The State Commission of Pardons and Paroles has the authority to grant clemency. Also the Governor may grant respites and reprieves not extending past the next session of the Commission.

Idaho has had only three executions since the death penalty was reinstated. In 2003 a bill was signed shifting the responsibility of sentencing from the judge to the jury, in compliance with the United States' Supreme Court decision in Ring v. Arizona



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