Since 1976, 1,493 people have been executed has a result of the lawful use of capital punishment in the United States. Capital punishment, often referred to as the death penalty, is the government-sanctioned execution of an inmate as a sentencing for their crimes. The system in place is inherently flawed, disproportionally targeting those a part of racial minorities and the innocent. Since that same year, 158 people have been exonerated from the brink of death. As public support for the death penalty reaches historic lows, 30 states across the country have yet to abolish the death penalty. In those states, over 2,500 people are awaiting execution.