New Hampshire Abolishes, Federal Government Reinstitutes Capital Punishment

New Hampshire’s repeal of the death penalty was consistent with the gradual national trend.

On May 30, 2019, by overriding the governor’s veto, the state legislature in New Hampshire repealed the death penalty. The move made New Hampshire the 21st state to abolish capital punishment. In addition, four states currently have moratoria on the death penalty, with the District of Columbia also having eliminated this most severe form of punishment.

But in late July of 2019, the Department of Justice announced that the federal government, which has long had capital punishment on the books but hadn’t executed anyone since 2003, would resume executions. The 25 remaining states and the U.S. military also currently have the death penalty available as a form of punishment in qualifying cases.

Effective date: July 25, 2019