Friday, December 23, 2011

NEW RESOURCES: Bureau of Justice Statistics Releases Capital Punishment, 2010

The Bureau of Justice Statistics released its annual report on capital punishment in the United States in December 2011, containing tables and information on the death penalty for the previous year (2010). Information drawn from the report includes:

  • Those executed in 2010 spent the longest time on death row, on average, than inmates executed in any previous year. The average time between sentencing and execution for all those executed in 2010 was 14.8 years.
  • During 2010, 119 inmates were removed from under sentence of death: 53 were removed as a result of sentences or convictions overturned or commutations of sentences, and 20 died by means other than execution. Of the 119 inmates, only 46 (38%) were executed.
  • By the end of 2010, 388 individuals of Hispanic origin were under the sentence of death, accounting for 12% of the nation's death row populations.
  • Four states (California, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania) accounted for more than 50% of all inmates on death row.
  • Of the 7,879 inmates under sentence of death between 1977 and 2010, only 16% had been executed. Six percent (6%) died by causes other than execution, and 39% received other dispositions.

(Bureau of Justice Statistics, Capital Punishment, 2010 - Statistical Tables, December 2011). For information on the death penalty in 2011, see also DPIC's Year End Report. See Death Row and Sentencing.

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