NEW RESOURCES: "Death Row, USA" Spring 2013 Now Available
The latest edition of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Death Row, USA shows a continuation of the downward trend in the overall death row population, though California (731 inmates)--the state with the largest death row--recorded an increase. The next leading states were Florida (412), Texas (298), Pennsylvania (198), and Alabama (197), all of which registered decreases on death row. The total population of 3,108 inmates as of April 1, 2013, represents a 12% decline from the same date 10 years ago, when there were 3,525 inmates on death row. Since the last report was released in January, death row populations in 11 states and the federal system have decreased. The report also contains racial breakdowns of death row, executions, and victims in cases that resulted in executions. The states with highest percentage of minorities on death row were Delaware (78%) and Texas (71%), among those with at least 10 inmates on death row.