The Bureau of Justice Statistics released the 2008 version of its annual report on the death penalty in the U.S. in December 2009. Information drawn from the report includes:
- The number of people on death row declined from 3,215 in 2007 to 3,207 in 2008.
- 50% of those on death row had not graduated from high school; only 9% had any college education.
- 91% of those on death row had no prior homicide conviction.
- 13.2% of those on death row at the end of 2008 were hispanic.
- 22% of those on death row were married.
- 1,122 of those on death row were under the age of 25 at the time of their arrest.
- The average time between sentencing and execution for all those executed in 2008 was 11.75 years.