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Capital Punishment, 2007 - Statistical Tables

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Table 8. Criminal history profile of prisoners under sentence of death, by race and Hispanic origin, 2007

  Percent of prisoners under sentence of deatha
Allb   Whitec   Blackc   Hispanic  
     U.S. total 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
Prior felony convictions          
  Yes 65.4 % 61.8 % 71.0 % 61.3 %
  No 34.6   38.2   29.0   38.7  
  Number unknown 273              
Prior homicide convictions          
  Yes 8.4 % 8.5 % 8.8 % 6.7 %
  No 91.6   91.5   91.2   93.3  
  Number unknown 54              
Legal status at time of capital offense      
  Charges pending 7.9 % 9.1 % 7.3 % 5.2 %
  Probation 10.6   8.9   12.4   11.4  
  Parole 15.4   13.3   16.5   20.3  
  On escape 1.4   1.8   0.9   1.8  
  Incarcerated 3.6   4.2   3.4   2.5  
  Other status 0.5   0.4   0.6   0.3  
  None 60.6   62.5   59.0   58.5  
  Number unknown 354              
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 Hispanics.
Source: National Prisoner Statistics Program (NPS-8).
   See also Methodology.
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