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NCJ Number: 242185 Find in a Library
Title: Capital Punishment, 2011 - Statistical Tables
Author(s): Tracy L. Snell
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 2013
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic) ; Statistics
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information and data are provided on the number of executions by State in 2011 and the number of inmates under sentence of death at the end of 2011; States with no death penalty at the end of 2011 are listed.
Abstract: Thirteen States executed 43 inmates in 2011 compared to 46 inmates in 2010. The inmates executed in 2011 had been under sentence of death an average of 16.5 years, which was 20 months longer than those executed in 2010. At year-end 2011, 35 States and the Federal Bureau of Prisons held 3,082 inmates under sentence of death, 57 fewer than at year-end 2010. This is the eleventh consecutive year in which the number of inmates under a death sentence decreased. Four States (California, Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania) held more than half of all inmates on death row at year-end 2011. The Federal Bureau of Prisons held 56 inmates under a death sentence at year-end. Fifty-five percent of those on death row at year-end were White, and 42 percent were Black. Hispanic inmates composed 14 percent of death-row inmates with a known ethnicity. Ninety-eight percent of death-row inmates were male. The race and sex of inmates on death row has remained relatively unchanged since 2000. Among inmates for whom legal status at the time of the capital offense was available, 40 percent had an active criminal justice status. More Black death-row inmates had a prior felony conviction (72 percent), compared to 64 percent Hispanic and 62 percent White. Fourteen States and the District of Columbia had no death penalty at year-end 2011. Capital punishment information is collected annually as part of the National Prisoner Statistics program. 18 tables and 5 figures
Main Term(s): Corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Death row inmates; Demography; Inmate characteristics; State-by-state analyses
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