Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-2018

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Capital Punishment in the United States Series
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
capital punishment; commuted sentences; criminal histories; death row inmates; demographic characteristics; executions; felony offenses; prison inmates; sentencing; states (USA)
  • Abstract

    CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, 1973-2018 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 2018. The dataset consists of one part which contains 9,583 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 2018 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Abstract


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1973--2018
  • 1973 / 2018
  • Collection date: 2018
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
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
  • 37879 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR37879.v1

Update Metadata: 2020-11-19 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2020-11-19