Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SJ-023-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1973

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Capital punishment in the United States, 1973-1987.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9210

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy; machine-readable dictionary. 11/96 hard copy codebook is missing.

Abstract: This data collection provides annual data on prisoners under a sentence of death and on prisoners whose sentences were commuted or vacated. The data furnish basic sociodemographic classifications including age, sex, race and ethnicity, marital status at time of imprisonment, level of education, and State and region of incarceration. Criminal history information includes prior felony convictions, prior convictions for criminal homicide, and legal status at the time of the capital offense. Additional information is provided on those inmates removed from death row by yearend 1986, inmates receiving a second capital punishment sentence in 1987, and inmates who were executed.

SOURCE: ''Report of Inmates Under Sentence of Death'' a data collection sent to state and federal prisons.

UNIVERSE: All persons in the United States under sentence of death between 1973 and 1987.

NOTE: Information in this dataset collected prior to 1972 is in many cases incomplete and reflects vestiges in the reporting process. The names of the inmates were removed from the files for reasons of confidentiality. Users should note that the Combination file will contain duplicate identification numbers due to changes in status of some inmates. These identification numbers were assigned by the Bureau of the Census and have no purpose outside this dataset.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 3 data files + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data


TIME PERIOD: 1973-1987


FUNDING AGENCY: United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics.


United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. CORRECTIONAL POPULATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1986. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, February 1989. United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 1987. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, July 1988.

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