State by State Information

NEW RESOURCES: Bureau of Justice Statistics Releases Capital Punishment, 2008

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.

Arbitrariness in Nebraska

By the numbers in Nebraska:

205 Nebraska murder cases have been eligible for the death penalty since 1973.

31 of those resulted in death sentences.

3 resulted in executions.

4 death-row occupants died in prison.

10 men now sit on death row. Death sentence was overturned in the rest.

AGGRAVATING FACTORS FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BY STATE

Sources:
Jeffrey Kirchmeier, "Aggravating and Mitigating Factors: The Paradox of Today's Arbitrary and Mandatory Capital Punishment Scheme," 6 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 345 (1998), (available https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1028382).

Alabama




Death Penalty Eligible Crime: Intentional Murder
(Ala. Stat. Ann. 13A-5-40(a)(1)-(18)).
Aggravating Factors (Ala. Stat. Ann. 13A-5-49)
Mitigating Factors (Ala. Stat. Ann. 13A-5-51 and 13A-5-52)

Definition of Intentional Murder (Ala. Stat. Ann. 13A-5-40(a)(1)-(18):

 

NEW RESOURCES: Bureau of Justice Statistics Releases Capital Punishment, 2005

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has just released the 2005 version of its annual report on the death penalty in the U.S. The report notes that both the number of death sentences and the size of death row were down for 2005, and that this represents a trend over the past 5 years. The report states that there were 60 executions in 2005, all by lethal injection, and that the time between sentencing and execution was longer in 2005 than in 2004.

Puerto Rican Court Bars Extradition of Man Facing Death Penalty to Pennsylvania

An Appeal Court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico recently held that it would be unconstitutional to extradite Juan Melendez Cruz to Pennsylvania if he faces a possible death sentence. The court referred to the issue as one involving the fundamental right to life. In July 2003, Philadelphia District Attorney spokeswoman Cathie Abookire confirmed that Melendez Cruz, a Puerto Rican native, could face the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Melendez Cruz's attorney, Eileen Diaz, argued that extradition of her client under such circumstances is prohibited by the Puerto Rican constitution.

Puerto Rico and the Death Penalty


FACTS ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY IN PUERTO RICO
Last Execution 1927
Person last Executed Pascual Ramos, for Murder
Total Number of Executions 589 (dating back to 16th Cent.)

Method of Execution Hanging
Death Penalty Abolished 1929

HISTORY OF THE DEATH PENALTY IN PUERTO RICO

State Execution Rates

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2010 Population

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