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Oklahoma, Tulsa counties rank high nationally for number of people sentenced to die

A recent study placed two Oklahoma counties in the top 10 for highest number of executions carried out since the practice was reinstated in 1976.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: February 9, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: February 9, 2014

According to a recent study, Oklahoma County ranks number three nationwide for counties that sentence people to the death penalty.

The October 2013 study by the Death Penalty Information Center found since reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, four states — Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Florida — account for nearly 60 percent of all executions carried out in the U.S.

Oklahoma County had 38 people who were executed during that time period. The study also found 28 of the nearly 60 inmates currently on death row in the state are from Oklahoma County.

Since the study was conducted, one of those 28, Kenneth Eugene Hogan, has been put to death.

Tulsa County ranked seventh on the list, with 15 sentenced to die since 1976. Comanche County also made the list with six.