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Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-1989

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Capital Punishment in the United States Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
capital punishment; commuted sentences; criminal histories; death row inmates; demographic characteristics; executions; felony offenses; prison inmates; sentencing; states (USA)
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides annual data on prisoners under a sentence of death and on those whose offense sentences were commuted or vacated during the period 1973-1989. Information is supplied on basic sociodemographic characteristics such as age, sex, race and ethnicity, marital status at time of imprisonment, level of education, and state of incarceration. Criminal history data include prior felony convictions for criminal homicide and legal status at the time of the capital offense. Additional information is available for those inmates removed from death row by yearend 1989 and for those inmates who were executed.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973 / 1989
    Time period: 1973--1989
  • Collection date: 1990
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All inmates on death row since 1972 in the United States.
Collection Mode
  • Information collected prior to 1972 is in many cases incomplete and reflects vestiges in the reporting process.

    Names of inmates have been removed from the files for reasons of confidentiality.

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

2008-11-12 Minor changes have been made to the Metadata.2008-10-30 All parts have been moved to restricted access and are available only using the restricted access procedures.2006-03-30 File CB9507.ALL was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1997-05-30 SAS data definition statements are now available for this collection, and the SPSS data definition statements were updated. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9507 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09507.v1
  • Greenfeld, Lawrence A.. Capital Punishment, 1989. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin.NCJ 124545, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1990.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1991): Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-1989. Version 2. Capital Punishment in the United States Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.