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Capital Punishment, 2007 - 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 2007

Age Prisoners under sentence of death
At time of arrest On December 31, 2007
Number*   Percent   Number   Percent  
Total number under sentence
of death on 12/31/07
2,955   100 % 3,220   100 %
19 or younger 317   10.7   1   --  
20-24 812   27.5   42   1.3  
25-29 677   22.9   249   7.7  
30-34 508   17.2   431   13.4  
35-39 321   10.9   574   17.8  
40-44 172   5.8   546   17.0  
45-49 88   3.0   583   18.1  
50-54 34   1.2   357   11.1  
55-59 19   0.6   250   7.8  
60-64 5   0.2   127   3.9  
65 or older 2   0.1   60   1.9  
Mean age 29 yrs.     43 yrs.    
Median age 27 yrs.     42 yrs.    
-- Less than .05%
Note: The youngest person under sentence of death was a black male in Texas, born in June 1988 and sentenced to death in June 2007. 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 265 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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