A HANDFUL OF COUNTIES ACCOUNT FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF DEATH SENTENCES
Only a handful of outlier counties still impose the death penalty. Just 16 counties out of 3,143 nationwide produced five or more new death sentences since 2010. The 16 counties are: Los Angeles (CA), Riverside (CA), Orange (CA), Kern (CA), San Bernardino (CA), Maricopa (AZ), Clark (NV), Dallas (TX), Harris (TX), Caddo Parish (LA), Duval (FL), Miami-Dade (FL), Pinellas (FL), Hillsborough (FL), Mobile (AL), and Jefferson (AL). These counties averaged nearly one new death sentence per year in this six-year period. These counties are frequently defined by overzealous prosecutors, ineffective defense lawyers, racism, and wrongful or questionable convictions.
An examination of all death sentences dating back to 2004 reveals that five additional counties: Broward (FL), Houston (AL), Oklahoma (OK), Philadelphia (PA), and Tarrant (TX) averaged at least one death sentence per year when looking at this extended period of time. Recent declines in death sentencing have narrowed the list of counties averaging nearly one death sentence per year since 2010. (Source)