Capital Punishment 1993: A BJS Report

Capital Punishment 1993: A BJS Report

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Bureau of Justice Statistics. (Winter 1995). "Capital Punishment 1993: A BJS Report." Alaska Justice Forum 11(4): 2. During 1993, 38 men were executed in the United States. At the end of 1993, 34 states and the federal prison system held 2,716 prisoners under sentence of death, 5.3 percent more than at yearend 1992. All had committed murder. Based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics report "Capital Punishment, 1993", NCJ-150042.

During 1993, 38 men were executed. Eighteen were white; 13 were black; one was Native American; four were white and Hispanic; and two had an unknown Hispanic origin (one white and one black).

At the end of 1993, 34 states and the federal prison system held 2,716 prisoners under sentence of death, 5.3 per cent more than at yearend 1992. All had committed murder.

The average time between sentencing and yearend 1993 for the 2,716 inmates was six years and one month.

During 1993, 282 prisoners under a sentence of death were received by state prison systems from the courts.

Among inmates under sentence of death and with available criminal histories, two in three had a prior felony conviction; nearly one in ten had a prior homicide conviction.

About two in five inmates sentenced to death had a criminal justice status when they committed their capital offense. About half of these were on parole and half included persons with charges pending, on probation, in prison or escaped from prison, and others.

Almost one in seven persons sentenced to death between 1988 and 1993 had received two or more death sentences.
Of persons under sentence of death, 1,566 (57.7%) were white; 1,109 (40.8%) were black, 22 (0.8%) were Native American; 16 (0.6%) were Asian American; and three were identified as "other race."

The 206 Hispanic inmates under sentence of death accounted for 8.1 per cent of inmates with a known ethnicity.

Thirty-five (1.3%) of the persons under a death sentence were women.

Half the inmates sentenced to death had been sentenced at age 29 or older.

 

This article is based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics report "Capital Punishment, 1993," NCJ-150042. Copies of the entire report are available through the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Unit, Justice Center.

Table 1. Status of the Death Penalty, December 31, 1993
Figure 1. Persons Executed in the United States, 1930–1993
Table 2. Persons Executed, by Race, 1930–1993