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Sixteen States Executed 56 Offenders Last Year

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December 1996
This press release and accompanying bulletin from the Bureau of Justice Statistics report that 16 States executed a total of 56 prisoners in 1995, the largest numbers of executions in 1 year since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of revised State capital punishment laws in 1976.

It was also the highest number of executions since 1957, when 65 executions took place. The inmates executed in 1995 had been on death row for an average of 11 years and 2 months, which was about a year longer than the 31 executed during 1994. Texas executed 19 prisoners, followed by Missouri (6); Illinois and Virginia (5 each); Florida and Oklahoma (3 each); Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania (2 each); and Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, and South Carolina (1 each). Thirty-three of the persons executed were white, including 2 white Hispanics; 22 were black, and 1 was Asian. Forty-nine of the executions were by lethal injection and seven were by electrocution. On December 31, 1995, 34 States held 2,998 men and 48 women on death role. The inmates ranged from 18 to 80 years of age. Tables

Date Published: December 4, 1996