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December 19, 2007

All the data on death from BJS and DPIC

Now available here from DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics is "Capital Punishment, 2006 — Statistical Tables," which presents lots of table withlots and and lots of current and historical data on persons under sentence of death and executed in the United States.   Also, this new CNN piece, headlined "Executions drop in '07 as states rethink death penalty," relies on information from the Death Penalty Information Center for this review of the year in death:

A day after New Jersey banned executions, newly released figures show that capital punishment dropped this year to a 13-year low. Forty-two people have been put to death this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), a Washington-based group that opposes the practice.  That figure is down 57 percent from what it was in 1999, when 98 inmates were executed. 

Next year's figures are expected to drop further.  The Supreme Court is to hold oral arguments January 7 about whether lethal injection protocols in 36 of the 37 states with the death penalty are constitutional.

How Appealing collects here coverage of these data in all the major papers.

UPDATE:  The Death Penalty Information Center has now made available here its 13th annual Year-End Report, which has lots of data and other info about the state of the death penalty.

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