The Supreme Court and the
of Furman vs. Georgia was decided by the
U.S. Supreme Court in June 1972. In that case, the Court
held that capital punishment was unconstitutional and struck down state death
penalty laws nationwide. A number
of death penalty sentences were commuted to life in prison.
In 1976 the Supreme
Court overturned its ruling in Furman
and upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty in
of Gregg vs. Georgia. Mississippi
passed a statue authorizing discretionary death penalty sentences in 1977
in compliance with Gregg.
the Death Penalty
Death Row Inmates
Death Row Inmates:
sentenced to death
in Mississippi. Of this number
2 are female.
All executions occur at
the Mississippi State Penitentiary.