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Capital Punishment, 2006 - Statistical Tables

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Table 8. Criminal history profile of prisoners under sentence of death, by race and Hispanic origin, 2006

  Percent of prisoners under sentence of deatha
Allb Whitec Blackc Hispanic
U.S. total 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
Prior felony convictions
Yes 65.5 % 62.1 % 70.9 % 61.4 %
No 34.5   37.9   29.1   38.6  
Number unknown 276              
Prior homicide convictions
Yes 8.4 % 8.4 % 8.8 % 7.1 %
No 91.6   91.6   91.2   92.9  
Number unknown 56              
Legal status at time of capital offense
Charges pending 7.8 % 9.0 % 7.4 % 5.0 %
Probation 10.6   8.9   12.1   11.8  
Parole 16.0   14.0   16.8   21.5  
On escape 1.4   1.7   0.9   1.9  
Incarcerated 3.5   4.0   3.3   2.5  
Other status 0.5   0.4   0.6   0.3  
None 60.2   62.0   58.9   57.0  
Number unknown 356              
aPercentages are based on those offenders for whom data were reported. Detail may not add to total because of rounding.
bIncludes American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.
cWhite and black categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
Source: National Prisoner Statistics Program (NPS-8).
   See also Methodology.
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