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Capital punishment

FY 2017 Capital Punishment

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BJS uses the Capital Punishment collection to compile aggregate and individual-level data describing inmates under sentence of death in each State, the District of Columbia, and the Federal system at the end of each calendar year. The CP allows BJS to track offenders under sentence of death from sentencing through execution or other removal from death row, and to put out reports on the use of the death penalty across jurisdictions over time.

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 that 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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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 that determine if a crime is eligible for a death sentence are defined by statute and are prescribed by Congress or any state legislature.

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