Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Annual Death Row Population Count Released

This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics provides demographic characteristics on the death row population through 2003.
Highlights include the following:
At yearend 2003, 37 States and the Federal prison system held 3,374 prisoners under sentence of death, 188 fewer than at yearend 2002.
Of those under sentence of death, 56% were white 42% were black, and 2% were of other races.
Forty-seven women were under sentence of death in 2003, up from 38 in 1993.