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Capital Punishment 1997

NCJ Number
Date Published
December 1998
16 pages
Tracy L Snell
Publication Series
This report presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 1997 and of persons executed in 1997.
Preliminary data on executions in 1998 include State, method used, and race of inmate. The report summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during 1997. Numerical tables present data on offenders' sex, race, Hispanic origin, education, marital status, age at time of arrest for capital offense, legal status at time of capital offense, methods of execution, trends, and time between imposition of death sentence and execution. Historical tables present executions since 1930 and sentencing since 1973. The data reveal that at year end 1997, 34 States and the Federal prison system held 3,335 death row inmates,--3 percent more than a year before. The total included 1,128 whites, 813 blacks, 17 American Indians, and 9 Asians. The 283 Hispanics accounted for 9.2 percent of the inmates with a known ethnicity. The inmates included 44 women. Among persons for whom arrest information was available, the average age at the time of arrest was 28 years; 2 percent of the inmates were age 17 or younger. At year end, the youngest inmate was 18 years old; the oldest was 82 years old. Tables and figures

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