Although California has not executed a death-row inmate since January 2006, Arizona has ramped up its once dormant system over the past two years. Here is a breakdown of executions nationally:
2011 and 2012 execution totals
Source: Death Penalty Information Center, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Arizona Department of Corrections
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