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Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-2011

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Capital Punishment in the United States Series
Publication Date
2015-06-10
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Language
English
Free Keywords
capital punishment; commuted sentences; criminal histories; death row inmates; demographic characteristics; executions; felony offenses; prison inmates; sentencing; states (USA)
Description
  • Abstract

    CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, 1973-2011 provides annual data on prisoners under a sentence of death, as well as those who had their sentences commuted or vacated and prisoners who were executed. This study examines basic sociodemographic classifications including age, sex, race and ethnicity, marital status at time of imprisonment, level of education, and state and region of incarceration. Criminal history information includes prior felony convictions and prior convictions for criminal homicide and the legal status at the time of the capital offense. Additional information is provided on those inmates removed from death row by yearend 2011. The dataset consists of one part which contains 9,058 cases. The file provides information on inmates whose death sentences were removed in addition to information on those inmates who were executed. The file also gives information about inmates who received a second death sentence by yearend 2011 as well as inmates who were already on death row.
  • 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: Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973 / 2011
    Time period: 1973--2011
  • Collection date: 2011
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All inmates on death row since 1973 in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire, web-based survey

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

Availability
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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
  • 36165 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-06 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2015): Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-2011. Version 1. Capital Punishment in the United States Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36165.v1