The death penalty in Minnesota has been abolished since 1911. Between 1860 and 1906, the State of Minnesota executed 27 people by hanging, although more were executed under territorial government prior to statehood. The exact number of state-sanctioned executions is unknown because the Office of Governor Execution only has complete records from 1889 to 1910.

Minnesota has seen a number of unsuccessful attempts to reinstate the death penalty since 1911, including bills in 1913, 1915, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1974, 1975, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005.  Many of these efforts arose out of high-profile homicides.  Nevertheless, due to the efforts of legislators and organizations such as The Advocates for Human Rights and Minnesotans Against the Death Penalty (MNADP), attempts at reinstatement have thus far failed to pass the legislature.

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