For the first time since 2009 the United States executed more inmates than the year before.
2017 will end with 23 inmates executed, up from 20 in 2016.
Texas is the nations most active death penalty state. The state carried out seven executions this year followed by Arkansas with four, Alabama and Florida with three, Ohio and Virginia with two, and Georgia and Missouri with one.
According to the Marshall Project the rise in executions doesn't mean the practice is going to become more common, but it is a reflection of recent court battles over the use of lethal injection.
"The court’s decision in the case of Glossip v. Gross set a high bar for arguments that new drug combinations would violate the Constitution’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.”
A court reprieve halted the execution of Texas prisoner Anthony Shore in October. It's been re-scheduled for January 18. Shore, also known as the "Tourniquet Killer," confessed to killing multiple people in the Houston area.
Seven more inmates — five from Texas and one each from Missouri, Alabama and Ohio — are scheduled to die at the start of 2018.