United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
This data collection provides annual data on prisoners
under a sentence of death and prisoners whose offense sentences were
commuted or vacated during the period 1973-1996. Information is
supplied for basic sociodemographic characteristics such as age, sex,
race, ethnicity, marital status at the time of imprisonment, level of
education, and state of incarceration. Criminal history data include
prior felony convictions for criminal homicide and legal status at the
time of the capital offense. Additional information is available for
inmates removed from death row by yearend 1996 and for inmates who
Capital Punishment in the United States Series
One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions
; consult the
restrictions note to learn more.
You can apply online for access to
the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.
Access to these data is restricted. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research.
Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public.
Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.
No downloadable data files available.
United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-1996 . ICPSR02736-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-11-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02736.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02736.v1
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This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Scope of Study
official prison records
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of
disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major
statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to
these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1999-07-01
- 2008-11-05 Minor changes have been made to the metadata.
- 2008-10-30 All parts were moved to restricted access and are available only using the restricted access procedures.
- 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one
or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well
as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable,
and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to
reflect these additions.
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