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Capital Punishment (NPS-8)

Data Collection Status
Latest Data Available
Data Experts
Tracy L. Snell, BJS Statistician
Collection Period

Annual data are available on executions since 1930 and sentencing since 1973.


This collection yields annual data on national and state-level yearend counts of persons sentenced to death and executed. Data collected include offender demographic characteristics, prior criminal histories, criminal justice system status at the time of the capital offense, date of death sentence, and date and type of sentence disposition. The collection also includes summary information on the status of and changes to death penalty statutes.

Date Created: May 18, 2009