- There currently is no death penalty in Rhode Island.
- The last execution was in 1845.
- The death penalty was abolished by the legislature in 1852, but reinstated in 1872
for murder committed by a life prisoner. This law was eventually invalidated by the
U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Furman v. Georgia in 1972.
- Rhode Island law provides for life without the possibilty of parole
for first-degree murder.
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