Death Penalty Statistics
The death penalty issue gets plenty of attention but many people don’t know the facts about it. You may be surprised at how few inmates are actually executed each year. In 2007 there were only 42 in the entire United States. One of the issues that many people has is with the state of Texas. They are well known for their stand on the death penalty. Of the 42 executions in 2007 26 of them took place in Texas.
This is a very low number of people being executed though on a regular basis when you think about it. 38 of the 50 states have the death penalty in place but very few use it. Of course there are thousands of inmates on death row but not currently scheduled for execution. It can take years for their appeals to run out before they are scheduled for the death penalty to actually be carried out.
Many individuals feel that the justice system is flawed and that minorities in our society don’t get treated fairly when it comes to the death penalty. Those that feel this way should pay more attention to the various statistics. Twice as many white individuals are executed annually than all other ethnic groups put together.
The use of the electric chair has become almost obsolete in the world of executions. Almost all of them are now done by lethal injection. This process seems to be more humane as the person is strapped down and then injected with a needle. In just a couple of minutes they have peacefully drifted into sleep and then they are pronounced dead. This is much less of an ordeal that watching someone being electrocuted.
Very few women have been executed under the death penalty so when it does take place it is a huge media frenzy surrounding it. There are only 54 women on death row in the entire United States at this time. This is due to the fact that most of their crimes aren’t violent in nature.
Based on these statistics, it is hard to really know if the death penalty is a deterrent for people before they commit a crime. Most of the individuals that do receive a death penalty have a long criminal history behind them. The conviction that has the death penalty attached to it was just the latest one.