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Capital Punishment, 2002

NCJ Number
201848
Date Published
November 2003
Author(s)
Thomas P. Bonczar, Bureau of Justice Statistics; Tracy L. Snell, 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, 2002, and of persons executed in 2002. Preliminary data on executions by States during 2003 are included, and the report summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during 2002. 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.

Highlights
  • Of the 6,912 people under sentence of death between 1977 and 2002, 12% were executed, 4% died by causes other than execution, and 33% received other dispositions.
  • Fifty-one women were under sentence of death in 2002, up from 36 in 1992.
  • After declining for two years, the number of executions increased to 71 during 2002.
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