USA - Death Row USA Winter 2019 Shows Ongoing Decline in Death Row Populations.

11 July 2019 :

Death Row USA Winter 2019 Shows Ongoing Decline in Death Row Populations. According to the latest Death Row USA national census by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), released today, 2.690 people were on death rows in 30 states and the U.S. federal and military death rows on January 1 2019. The Winter 2019 death-row census reflects that death row has declined by 31 from October 1, 2017, and by a little more of 18% over the course of the last decade. The overall decline in the number of people on death rows across the country (607) is greater than the number of executions in that period (361). This means that more former death-row prisoners have been resentenced to life or less after overturning their death sentences, died from non-execution causes, or been exonerated than have been added to the row with new death sentences. California (736), Florida (351), Texas (228), Alabama (181), Pennsylvania (156), Ohio (143), North Carolina (142), and Arizona (121) remain the nation’s largest death rows. Some death rows have very few prisoners: 1 in New Hampshire and Wyoming, 2 in Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota, 3 in Colorado, and Virginia, 4 on the military death row. 61 men and 1 woman are detained on federal death row. Divided by race, there are 41.97% Whites (1,129), 41.75% Blacks (1,123), 13.35% Hispanics (359), 1.86% Asians (50), 1.04% Native Americans (28), plus a prisoner whose race is not determined. Divided by gender, there are 2,636 men (97.99%) and 54 women (2.01%) on death row. From the first execution in modern era (January 17, 1977) to Jan. 1, 2019, 1,490 people were executed: 831 Whites, 510 Blacks, 126 Hispanics, 16 Native Americans, 7 Asians. In total, 1,474 men and 16 women (1.07% of the total). "Death Row USA" also records the race and gender of the victims related to the performed executions. The 1490 people executed were accused of killing a total of 2177 people. Divided by race, the victims were 1645 white (75.563%), 333 black (15.30%), 153 Hispanic (7.03%), 41 Asian (1.88%), and 5 Indians (0.23%). Divided by gender, the victims were 1,110 males (50.99%), and 1,067 females (49.01%). 10% of those executed (148) were “volunteers”, that means they had voluntarily renounced the possibility to appeal. From 1977 to the present, and before the Supreme Court banned the execution of minors in 2005, 23 people had been executed for crimes committed when juveniles (under age 18 at the time of the offense).


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