Capital punishment is a legal penalty in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, and is carried out by hanging at His Majesty's Prison in Basseterre. The death penalty can only be applied for aggravated murder and treason.[1]

Since gaining its sovereignty in 1983, St. Kitts and Nevis has executed only three individuals, with its most recent execution being carried out in 2008, when Charles Laplace was hanged for murdering his wife.[2] As of 2018, the country has no inmates on death row.[3]

St. Kitts and Nevis voted against the United Nations moratorium on the death penalty in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Bright, Arthur (August 29, 2012). "India uses death penalty: 5 other places where it's legal but rare". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Amnesty International: Death sentences and executions in 2018, P. 15" (PDF). 10 April 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2020.