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NCJ Number: 136902 Find in a Library
Title: Capital Punishment for Female Offenders: Present Female Death Row Inmates and Death Sentences and Executions of Female Offenders, January 1, 1973 to May 1, 1992
Author(s): V L Streib
Corporate Author: Cleveland State University
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44115
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Both the rate of sentencing of females to capital punishment and the female death row population have been very small compared to that for all adults, and only one female offender has been among the 170 offenders executed between 1973 and May 1, 1992.
Abstract: The current era of the death penalty in the United States began in 1973, when new death penalty laws were passed following the United States Supreme Court's decision in Furman v. Georgia. Since that time, a total of 89 death sentences have been imposed on females. This total amounts to 1.9 percent of the 4,559 death sentences. Of these 89 death sentences, only 41 are currently in effect. Forty-seven were reversed or commuted to life imprisonment. Forty-one women currently on death row are still litigating their death sentences. Beginning in the 1980's, about five females per year received death sentences. In 1989, this annual rate doubled for unknown reasons. In 1990 and 1991, the sentencing rate returned to a level just above that of the years before 1989. In the first 4 months of 1992, five females received death sentences. Table and appended summaries of each case, its State, and its current status.
Main Term(s): Capital punishment; Female offenders
Index Term(s): Death row inmates; Male female offender comparisons; Sentencing factors
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