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June 19, 2012

Latest death row data on shows spike in percentage of condemned Latinos

Via this DPIC posting, I see that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund now has some notable updated data on condemned inmates via its Death Row USA publication available here.  The DPIC posting summarizes highlights of this data in this way:

The latest edition of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Death Row USA shows a decrease of 19 inmates between January 1 and April 1, 2012. Over the last decade, the total population of state and federal death rows has decreased significantly, from 3,682 inmates in 2000 to 3,170 inmates as of April 2012.  California continues to have the largest death row population (724), followed by Florida (407), Texas (308), Pennsylvania (204), and Alabama (200). Neither California nor Pennsylvania have carried out an execution in the past six years.

The report includes information on the race of death row inmates. Although the overall population of death row has decreased since 2000, the percentage of Latino inmates facing execution has been steadily increasing. In 1991, Latinos made up 6% of the nation's death row.  In 2012, Latinos or Latinas comprised 12.4% of death row inmates. In jurisdictions having 10 or more inmates on death row, the states with the highest percent of Latino/Latina death row inmates are Nebraska (45%), Texas (29%) and California (23%).  The report also contains statistics on executions and an overview of recent legal developments related to capital punishment.

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Hmmmm. Lessee what that hack Dieter is up to now? Latinos make up about 13% of the US population, and are therefore, slightly underrepresented on death row. Unless they commit capital murder at rates below the general US population, there's no there there.

As far as things stand now, if you are white and a capital murder, you are more likely to face the business end of the needle than you would be if you were black or Latino. That's a fact guys.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 19, 2012 8:52:06 PM

Come now federalist: we don't want facts; it must be racism!

"In 1991, Latinos made up 6% of the nation's death row. In 2012...12.4%."
12.4%...........says it all...........12.4%

Latinos are clearly discriminated against,
one needs merely to look at the troubling increase as reported by the "NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Death Row USA".

Of course there was ethnic cleansing before January 1, 2012, just not as much.

Neither a right-wing "fact" that latinos are 13% of the general population but only 12.4% of that of death row,
nor the inane notion that the general population of latinos SPIKED from
22.4 million (1990) to 50.5 million (2010)
are anything more than 'mean-spirited' Republican talking-points.

Posted by: Adamakis | Jun 20, 2012 10:06:08 AM

Actually, latinos comprise 16% of the general pop. of the U.S.A. as of 2010.

Should their aggravated murderers be given affirmative action and moved into
the death chamber? Right now, only 12.4% are on death row, so...

Posted by: Adamakis | Jun 20, 2012 11:00:49 PM

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