Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-2020 (ICPSR 38393)

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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, 1973-2020 provides annual data on prisoners under a sentence of death, as well as those who had their sentences commuted or vacated and prisoners who were executed. This study examines basic sociodemographic classifications including age, sex, race and ethnicity, marital status at time of imprisonment, level of education, and state and region of incarceration. Criminal history information includes prior felony convictions and prior convictions for criminal homicide and the legal status at the time of the capital offense. Additional information is provided on those inmates removed from death row by yearend 2020. The dataset consists of one part which contains 9,636 cases. The file provides information on inmates whose death sentences were removed in addition to information on those inmates who were executed. The file also gives information about inmates who received a second death sentence by yearend 2020 as well as inmates who were already on death row.

United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-2020. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2022-03-31. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR38393.v1

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1973 -- 2020
2020
  1. The inmate identification numbers were assigned by the Bureau of the Census and have no purpose outside this data collection.

  2. To see the BJS report on this data collection, please go to Capital Punishment, 2020 - Statistical Tables.
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All inmates on death row since 1973 in the United States.

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official prison records

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