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November 17, 2023

Bureau of Justice Statistics releases "Capital Punishment, 2021 – Statistical Tables"

This morning the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics released this new report with notable national data on the administration of the death penalty in the United States through the end of 2021.  As I have noted in prior posts, though BJS is often the provider of the best available data on criminal justice administration, in the capital punishment arena the Death Penalty Information Center tends to have much more up-to-date and much more detailed data on capital punishment issues.  Still, this new BJS report provides notable and clear statistical snapshots about the death penalty in the United States, and the document sets out these initial "Key Findings":

November 17, 2023 at 01:48 PM | Permalink


This report reaffirms the waning popularity of capital punishment in the U.S. While certain states wish to expand capital punishment to include crimes against children, I think states will issue fewer death sentences and more states will abolish capital punishment in the next 10 years.

Posted by: anon | Nov 17, 2023 10:15:39 PM


It says nothing of the sort.

It merely indicates that politicians will go against the will of the people and that juries are not about the “blood lust” they are often accused of.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Nov 18, 2023 1:17:17 AM

"Juries are not about the "blood lust" they are often accused of." Your statement reaffirms what I previously stated regarding the declining popularity of capital punishment.

Posted by: anon | Nov 18, 2023 3:19:47 AM


Um, no.

It shows juries take their jobs seriously.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Nov 18, 2023 8:37:17 PM

Serious in the sense that fewer people convicted of crimes are sentenced to death.

Posted by: anon | Nov 19, 2023 1:54:20 AM

People don't like criminals.

Doug, here's an interesting case: https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2023/11/19/victims-outraged-as-california-releases-convicted-rapist-140-years-early-n593536

Posted by: federalist | Nov 19, 2023 6:51:46 PM

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