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  NCJ Number: NCJ 162043     Find in a Library
  Title: Capital Punishment 1995
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): T L Snell
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 1996
  Page Count: 16
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report presents information and statistics by State on the number and characteristics of inmates executed and on death row during 1995.
  Abstract: Sixteen States executed 56 prisoners during 1995. The number of persons executed was 25 greater than in 1994 and was the largest annual number since the 56 executed during 1960 and the 65 in 1957. Of the 56 executed, 33 were white, 22 were black, and 1 was Asian. The persons executed in 1995 were under sentence of death an average of 11 years and 2 months. At the end of 1995, 34 States and the Federal prison system held 3,054 prisoners under sentence of death, 5.1 percent more than at the end of 1994; all had committed murder. Of persons under sentence of death, 1,730 were white, 1,275 were black, 22 were Native American, 19 were Asian, and 8 were classified as "other race." Forty-eight women were under a sentence of death. The 237 Hispanic inmates under sentence of death accounted for 8.5 percent of inmates with a known ethnicity. Among inmates under sentence of death and with available criminal histories, 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; approximately 2 percent of inmates were age 17 or younger. At the end of the year, the youngest inmate was 18 years old; the oldest was 80. 15 tables and 1 figure
  Main Term(s): Inmate statistics
  Index Term(s): Capital punishment ; Death row inmates ; State-by-state analyses ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Inmate characteristics
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin, December 1996.
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