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Capital Punishment Statistics

Capital Punishment Statistics


Summary findings

Executions

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In 2007, 42 inmates were executed, 11 fewer than in 2006.

Executions, 1930-2007




 

  • In 2007, 42 persons in 10 States were executed -- 26 in Texas; 3 each in Alabama and Oklahoma; 2 each in Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee; and 1 each in South Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, and Arizona.

     
  •   Of persons executed in 2007:
    -- 28 were white
    -- 14 were black

     
  •  All 42 inmates executed in 2007 were men.

     
  •  Lethal injection was used in 41 executions in 2007; 1 execution was by electrocution.

     
  •  Thirty-eight States and the Federal government in 2006 had capital statutes.

     

Prisoners under sentence of death

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The number of prisoners under sentence of death decreased for the sixth consecutive year in 2005.

Prisoners on death row, 1953-2006


 

  • At yearend 2006, 37 States and the Federal prison system held 3,228 prisoners under sentence of death, 17 fewer than at yearend 2005.

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Since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, white inmates have made up more than half of the number under sentence of death.

Prisoners on death row by race, 1968-2006



 

  • Of persons under sentence of death in 2006:
       -- 1,802 were white
       -- 1,352 were black
       -- 28 were American Indian
       -- 35 were Asian
       -- 11 were of unknown race.

     
  • Fifty-four women were under a sentence of death at yearend 2006.

     
  • The 358 Hispanic inmates under sentence of death at yearend 2006 accounted for 11% of inmates with a known ethnicity.

     
  • Among inmates under sentence of death and with available criminal histories at yearend 2006:
    -- nearly 2 in 3 had a prior felony conviction
    -- 1 in 12 had a prior homicide conviction.

     
  • Among persons for whom arrest information was available, the average age at time of arrest was 28; 1 in 9 inmates were age 19 or younger at the time of arrest.

     
  • At yearend 2006, the youngest inmate under sentence of death was 20; the oldest was 91.

     

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BJS Publications

This list is in order of the most recent publication first. Additional titles are listed on other topical pages and a comprehensive list is contained on the BJS publications page. To see a full abstract of a publication with links to electronic versions of the publication, click on the title below.

Capital Punishment, Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death at yearend and of persons executed. This annual BJS report summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during the year.

In electronic format only:
Capital Punishment - Statistical Tables.

2006, 12/07. NCJ 220219

In printed and electronic formats:
Capital Punishment, 2005, 12/06. NCJ 215083
Capital Punishment, 2004, 11/05. NCJ 211349
Capital Punishment, 2003
, 11/04. NCJ 206627
Capital Punishment, 2002, 11/03. NCJ 201848
Capital Punishment, 2001, 12/02. NCJ 197020
Capital Punishment, 2000, 12/01. NCJ 190598
Capital Punishment, 1999, 12/00. NCJ 184795
Capital Punishment, 1998, 12/99. NCJ 179012
Capital Punishment, 1997, 12/98. NCJ 172881
Capital Punishment, 1996, 12/97. NCJ 167031
Capital Punishment, 1995, 12/96. NCJ 162043
Capital Punishment, 1994, 02/96. NCJ 158023
Capital Punishment, 1993, 12/94. NCJ 150042
 

American Indians and Crime: A BJS Statistical Profile, 1992-2002, 12/04. Reports the rates and characteristics of violent crimes experienced by American Indians and summarizes data on American Indians in the criminal justice system. NCJ 203097

Correctional Populations in the United States, Presents data on the number of persons in the United States who were under some form of correctional supervision.
 

In electronic formats only:

 
Correctional Populations in the United States, 1998 - Statistical tables, 09/02. NCJ 192929

In print and electronic formats:

Correctional Populations in the United States, 1997, 11/00. Includes the Survey of State and Federal inmates.
Full report NCJ 177613
Executive Summary NCJ 177614

Correctional Populations in the United States, 1996
, 4/99. Includes the survey of Inmates in local jails.
Full report NCJ 170013
Executive Summary NCJ 171684

Correctional Populations in the United States, 1995, 5/97. Summarizes the 1995 Census of State and Federal Adult Correction Facilities.
Full report NCJ 163916
Executive Summary NCJ 163917

Correctional Populations in the United States, 1994, 7/96. Includes data on military corrections.
Full report NCJ 160091
Executive Summary NCJ 161559

Correctional Populations in the United States, 1993, 10/95. Includes State-by-State data about local jails.
Full report NCJ 156241
Executive Summary NCJ 156675

 
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Selected statistics

 

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Highlights of 2009

 

Highlights of 2009

 

DC Beltway Sniper is Executed in Virginia - Read more..

Ohio halts execution, cannot find a suitable vein to use - Read more..

Ohio adopts new Lethal Injection Procecdure - Read more..

 

Inmates executed since 1976

2008 Year End Death Penalty Statistics

Current Death Penalty Statistics from the Dept. of Justice

Current U.S. Department of Justice Statistics

 

  • In 2008, 37 persons in nine states were executed -- 18 in Texas; 4 in Virginia; 3 each in Georgia and South Carolina; 2 each in Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, and Oklahoma, and 1 in Kentucky.
     
  •   Of persons executed in 2008:
    -- 20 were white
    -- 17 were black
     
  •  All 37 inmates executed in 2008 were men.
     
  •  Lethal injection was used in 36 executions in 2008; 1 execution was by electrocution.

 

2007 Year End Death Penalty Statistics

Current Death Penalty Statistics from the Dept. of Justice

Current U.S. Department of Justice Statistics


In 2007, 42 persons in 10 States were executed -- 26 in Texas; 3 each in Alabama and Oklahoma; 2 each in Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee; and 1 each in South Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, and Arizona.

Of persons executed in 2007:
-- 28 were white
-- 14 were black

All 42 inmates executed in 2007 were men.

Lethal injection was used in 41 executions in 2007; 1 execution was by electrocution.

Thirty-eight States and the Federal government in 2007 had capital statutes.