The second in a series of posts of good things about West Virginia.

West Virginia, like most of Europe, but only 13 other states, has abolished the death penalty.  The last execution in West Virginia was in 1959 and the death penalty was abolished in 1965.

One in every 198 U.S. residents was in prison in 2007; only 1 in 426 West Virginia residents were.

In 2007, the violent crime rate in West Virginia was 275.2 for every 100,000 people, 12th lowest in the country.  The national rate was 466.9.  We were 20th lowest in murders, 5th lowest in rapes, 14th lowest in property crime, with rates well below the national average.

See Thy Brother’s Blood: Capital Punishment in West Virginia

U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin December 2008, NCJ 224280 Prisoners in 2007
Data Online