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.

(See Bureau of Justice Statistics, Capital Punishment, 2008 - Statistical Tables, released Dec. 3, 2009). See also DPIC's 2009 Year End Report and Sentencing.