Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
Year of first execution after

1852-1897: firing squad, hanging, or beheading

1898-1979: firing squad or hanging

1980-1982: firing squad

1983-present: firing squad or lethal injection

Current Method
Lethal Injection (Firing squad available for inmates who chose the method prior to its ban). If state cannot obtain the drugs for lethal injection, it may use the firing squad.


Utah has life without parole.  A jury decides the sentence.  A Panel that includes the Governor has the power to grant clemency.

Utah was the state with the first execution after the death penalty was reinstated.  Gary Gilmore, a volunteer, was executed by firing squad in 1977, three months after his conviction. 

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