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Capital Punishment, 2001

NCJ Number
197020
Date Published
December 2002
Author(s)
Tracy L. Snell, Bureau of Justice Statistics; Laura M. Maruschak, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Publication Series
Publication Type
Publication
Annotation
Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death at yearend and of persons executed. This annual BJS report summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during the year.
Abstract

Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2001, and of persons executed in 2001. Preliminary data on executions in 2002 include State, method used, and race of inmate. The report summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during 2001. Numerical tables present data on offenders' sex, race, Hispanic origin, education, marital status, age at time of arrest for capital offense, legal status at time of capital offense, methods of execution, trends, and time between imposition of death sentence and execution. Historical tables present executions since 1930 and sentencing since 1973. This report is published annually.

Highlights
  • At yearend 2001, 37 States and the Federal prison system held 3,581 prisoners under sentence of death, 20 fewer than at yearend 2000
  • Fifty-one women were under sentence of death in 2001, up from 36 in 1991
  • Of the 6,754 people under sentence of death between 1977 and 2001, 11% were executed, 4% died by causes other than execution, and 32% received other dispositions.
Date Created: May 20, 2009