South Carolina did not execute any death row prisoners in all of 2010. At least 5 executions were stayed last year, which includes 3 who are appealing their sentences to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Greenville News reports that more than 50 inmates are still awaiting their death sentence. The state Corrections Department reports 42 people have been executed since 1985– with the most executions being seven in 1998.
Although the United States is considered a death penalty country, The Death Penalty Information Center reports that executions are rare or non-existent in much of the nation. 26 of 53 jurisdictions in the U.S. (which includes the District of Columbia, military prisoners, and federal inmates) either do not have the death penalty or have not carried out an execution in at least ten years.
The center reports that 46 inmates were executed nationwide last year. That’s a 12 percent decline from 2009.
This was the first time in seven years that SC did not execute any prisoners.