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Capital Punishment, 2004

NCJ Number
211349
Date Published
November 2005
Author(s)
Thomas P. Bonczar, Bureau of Justice Statistics; Tracy L. Snell, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Agencies
BJS
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, 2004, and of persons executed in 2004. Preliminary data on executions by States during 2005 are included, and the report summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during 2004. 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.

Highlights
  • At yearend 2004, 36 States and the Federal prison system held 3,314 prisoners under sentence of death, 63 fewer than at yearend 2003.
  • Of those under sentence of death, 56% were white, 42% were black, and 2% were of other races.
  • Fifty-two women were under sentence of death in 2004, up from 43 in 1994.
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