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Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-2002 (ICPSR 3958)

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Summary:

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 1973-2002. Information is supplied for basic sociodemographic characteristics such as age, sex, 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 year-end 2002 and for inmates who were executed.

Series: Capital Punishment in the United States Series

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United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-2002 . ICPSR03958-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-11-04. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03958.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   capital punishment, commuted sentences, criminal histories, death row inmates, demographic characteristics, executions, felony offenses, prison inmates, sentencing, states (USA)

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1973--2002

Date of Collection:  

  • 2002

Universe:   All inmates on death row since 1972 in the United States.

Data Types:   event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

The inmate identification numbers were assigned by the Bureau of the Census and have no purpose outside this data collection.

Methodology

Data Source:

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.

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Version History:

  • 2008-11-04 Minor changes were made to the metadata.
  • 2008-10-27 All parts have been 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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