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Capital Punishment, 2005

NCJ Number
215083
Date Published
December 2006
Author(s)
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, 2005 and of persons executed in 2005. Preliminary data on executions by States during 2006 are included. The report also summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during 2005. It presents data on offenders' sex, race, Hispanic origin, education, marital status, age at time of arrest for the capital offense, legal status at time of the offense, methods of execution, trends, and time between imposition of death sentence and execution.

Highlights
  • At yearend 2005, 36 States and the Federal prison system held 3,254 prisoners under sentence of death, 66 fewer than at yearend 2004. This represents the fifth consecutive year that the population has decreased.
  • 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 2005, up from 47 in 1995.
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