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NCJ Number: 67705 Find in a Library
Title: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 1979 - ADVANCE REPORT
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A TOTAL OF 567 INDIVIDUALS WERE HELD UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH IN STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES AT THE END OF 1979, 25 STATES IMPOSED THE DEATH PENALTY, AND 29 HELD 1 OR MORE PRISONERS ON DEATH ROW AT YEAREND.
Abstract: THREE WOMEN RECEIVED THE DEATH PENALTY DURING 1979 AND ONE WAS REMOVED FROM DEATH ROW, BRINGING TO SEVEN THE TOTAL UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH. ALL WERE HELD IN SOUTHERN STATES, TWO IN GEORGIA, AND ONE EACH IN ALAMBAMA, FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLINA, TEXAS, AND OKLAHOMA. SIX OF THE CONDEMNED WOMEN WERE WHITE AND ONE (IN GEORGIA) WAS BLACK. FLORIDA CONTINUED TO HOLD THE LARGEST NUMBER OF PERSONS UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH (138), FOLLOWED BY TEXAS (117). THESE 2 STATES COMBINED ACCOUNTED FOR 45 PERCENT OF ALL PRISONERS UNDER CAPITAL SENTENCE AT THE END OF 1979. IN ALL, 11 STATES HAD 10 OR MORE PERSONS ON DEATH ROW. THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OCCURRED IN ILLINOIS WHERE THE COUNT WAS ALMOST FOUR TIMES LARGER THAN AT THE END OF 1978. ALL OF THE NATION'S MAJOR REGIONS SHARED IN THE INCREASE OF PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH. THERE WAS A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF PERSONS RELIEVED OF THE DEATH SENTENCE AS COMPARED WITH EARLIER YEARS, REFLECTING THE ABSENCE OF MAJOR JUDICIAL DECISIONS ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. FOOTNOTES ACCOMPANY A TABLE SHOWING THE MOVEMENT OF PRISONERS UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH AND STATUS OF DEATH PENALTY STATUTES, BY REGION AND STATE. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Alabama; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Capital punishment; Death row inmates; Florida; Georgia (USA); Illinois; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Texas
Note: NATIONAL PRISONER STATISTICS BULLETIN, SD-NPS-CP-8A (JUNE 1980)
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