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Capital Punishment 1995

NCJ Number
Date Published
December 1996
16 pages
T L Snell
Publication Series
This report presents information and statistics by State on the number and characteristics of inmates executed and on death row during 1995.
Sixteen States executed 56 prisoners during 1995. The number of persons executed was 25 greater than in 1994 and was the largest annual number since the 56 executed during 1960 and the 65 in 1957. Of the 56 executed, 33 were white, 22 were black, and 1 was Asian. The persons executed in 1995 were under sentence of death an average of 11 years and 2 months. At the end of 1995, 34 States and the Federal prison system held 3,054 prisoners under sentence of death, 5.1 percent more than at the end of 1994; all had committed murder. Of persons under sentence of death, 1,730 were white, 1,275 were black, 22 were Native American, 19 were Asian, and 8 were classified as "other race." Forty-eight women were under a sentence of death. The 237 Hispanic inmates under sentence of death accounted for 8.5 percent of inmates with a known ethnicity. Among inmates under sentence of death and with available criminal histories, 2 in 3 had a prior felony conviction; 1 in 12 had a prior homicide conviction. Among persons for whom arrest information was available, the average age at time of arrest was 28; approximately 2 percent of inmates were age 17 or younger. At the end of the year, the youngest inmate was 18 years old; the oldest was 80. 15 tables and 1 figure

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