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Number under sentence of death
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The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects annual counts of persons under sentence of death by state and federal correctional authorities. The data include details on the sex, race, Hispanic origin, education, marital status, age at time of arrest for the capital offense, legal status, and criminal history of offenders sentenced to death.

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Prisoners Executed Prisoners executed under civil authority in the United States, by year, region, and jurisdiction, 1977-2016.
  Data tables (Spreadsheet 7K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment, 2016 - Statistical Brief Presents statistics on persons under sentence of death at year-end 2016, including summary trends in the population, admissions to and releases from death row, the number of persons executed, and an advance count of executions in 2017.
  PDF (931K) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 19K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment, 2014-2015 - Statistical Brief Presents statistics on persons under sentence of death at yearend 2014 and 2015, including summary trends in the population, admissions to and releases from death row, and the number of persons executed. Preliminary findings on executions in 2016 are also included. Data are from BJS's National Prisoner Statistics (NPS-8) series.
  PDF (393K) | ASCII file (7K) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 58K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment in the United States, 2013 - Statistical Tables Presents information on persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2013, and persons executed in 2014.
  PDF (1M) | ASCII file (34K) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 54K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment, 2012 - Statistical Tables (Revised) Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2012, and persons executed in 2012.
  PDF (765KB) | ASCII file (14KB) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 28KB)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment, 2011 - Statistical Tables Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2011, and persons executed in 2011.
  PDF (1.1M) | ASCII file (14K) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 28K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment, 2010 - Statistical Tables Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2010, and persons executed in 2010.
  PDF (800K) | ASCII file (12K) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 20K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment, 2009 - Statistical Tables Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2009, and persons executed in 2009.
  PDF (505K) | ASCII file (10K) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 24K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment, 2008 - Statistical Tables Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2008, and persons executed in 2008. Preliminary data on executions by states during 2009 are included.
  PDF (1M) | ASCII file (4K) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 14K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Capital Punishment, 2007 - Statistical Tables Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2007, and persons executed in 2007.
  HTML | PDF (386K) | Data tables (Spreadsheet 13K)
Part of the Capital Punishment Series

Terms & Definitions

Capital punishment Capital punishment refers to the process of sentencing convicted offenders to death for the most serious crimes (capital crimes) and carrying out that sentence. The specific offenses and circumstances which determine if a crime (usually murder) is eligible for a death sentence are defined by statute and are prescribed by Congress or any state legislature.
 
Death row Death row refers to incarcerated persons who have been sentenced to death and are awaiting execution (as in "inmates on death row"). Historically, death row was a slang term which referred to the area of a prison in which prisoners who were under a sentence of death were housed. Usage of the term continues despite the fact that many states do not maintain a separate unit or facility for condemned inmates.
 

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