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Capital Punishment, 2007 - Statistical Tables

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Table 5. Demographic characteristics of prisoners under sentence of death, 2007

         Prisoners under sentence of death, 2007
Characteristic Yearend   Admissions   Removals  
  Total inmates 3,220   115   128  
Gender            
  Male 98.3 % 98.3 % 99.2 %
  Female 1.7   1.7   0.8  
Race            
  White 56.0 % 58.3 % 53.9 %
  Black 41.8   40.9   43.0  
  All other races* 2.2   0.9   3.1  
Hispanic origin            
  Hispanic 12.9 % 14.4 % 9.5 %
  Non-Hispanic 87.1   85.6   90.5  
  Number unknown 413   11   12  
Education            
  8th grade or less 13.8 % 7.9 % 13.9 %
  9th-11th grade 36.7   36.5   43.5  
  High school graduate/GED 40.4   44.4   36.1  
  Any college 9.2   11.1   6.5  
  Median 11th   12th   11th  
  Number unknown 522   52   20  
Marital status            
  Married 22.2 % 29.9 % 20.4 %
  Divorced/separated 20.4   14.9   16.8  
  Widowed 2.8   2.3   5.3  
  Never married 54.5   52.9   57.5  
  Number unknown 362   28   15  
Note: Calculations are based on those cases for which data were reported. Detail may not add to total due to rounding.
*At yearend 2006, inmates of "other" races consisted of 28 American Indians, 35 Asians, and 11 self-identified Hispanics. During 2007, 1 Asian was admitted; and 2 American Indians, 1 Asian, and and 1 self-identified Hispanic were removed.
Source: National Prisoner Statistics Program (NPS-8).
   See also Methodology.
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