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

1889-1912: hanging

1913-1994: electrocution

1995-present: lethal injection

Current Method
Lethal injection


Indiana has life without parole.  Sentencing is decided by a jury.  The Governor on the advice of the Parole Board has the power to grant clemency. The Governor needs a favorable  recommendation of the Board to be able to grant clemency. The Governor, however, is not bound by the favorable  recommendation. 

Indiana has only executed one person since 2007.  Paula Cooper was sentenced to death for a murder she committed at age 15, but her sentence was later reduced to life.

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