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Capital Punishment, 2006 - Statistical Tables

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Table 7. Age at time of arrest for capital offense and age of prisoners under sentence of death at yearend 2006

Age Prisoners under sentence of death
At time of arrest On December 31, 2006
Number* Percent   Number Percent  
Total number under sentence
of death on 12/31/06
  2,955   100 % 3,228   100 %     
19 or younger   329   11.1   0        
20-24   815   27.6   51   1.6    
25-29   672   22.7   280   8.7    
30-34   508   17.2   455   14.1    
35-39   312   10.6   596   18.5    
40-44   174   5.9   563   17.4    
45-49   89   3.0   553   17.1    
50-54   34   1.2   331   10.3    
55-59   16   0.5   246   7.6    
60-64   4   0.1   103   3.2    
65 or older   2   0.1   50   1.5    
Mean age   28 yrs.     42 yrs.      
Median age   27 yrs.     42 yrs.      
Note: The youngest person under sentence of death was a white male in Florida, born in May 1986 and sentenced to death in September 2006. The oldest person under sentence of death was a white male in Arizona, born in September 1915 and sentenced to death in June 1983.
*Excludes 273 inmates for whom the date of arrest for capital offense was not available.
Source: National Prisoner Statistics Program (NPS-8).
   See also Methodology.
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