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        Age Requirements For The Death Penalty In The U. S.                                                                              

Minimum Age Requirements For The Death Penalty By State

Minimum Age

States

Age Sixteen
(16 States)

Alabama, Arizona*,  Arkansas*, Delaware*,  Idaho*, Kentucky, Louisiana*, Mississippi*, Nevada, Oklahoma*, Pennsylvania*, South Carolina*, South Dakota*,  Utah*, Virginia, Wyoming

Age Seventeen
(5 States)

Florida#, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas

Age Eighteen
(17 States And 2 Federal Jurisdictions)

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Federal Civilian Government, Federal Military

Express minimum age in statute, unless otherwise indicated:
* Minimum age required by U.S. Constitution per U.S. Supreme Court in Thompson v. Oklahoma (1988)
# Minimum age required by Florida Constitution per Florida Supreme Court in Brennan v. State (1999).  Florida's minimum age may have been lowered to 16 by a 2002 referendum.

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