Gentlereaders: Two of us have witnessed executions. Regardless as to your views on capitol punishment, (most Americans support the process–research contained on this site) the process of execution is unbelievably time consuming and expensive. The ritual of the process can only be considered bizarre. It involves literally hundreds of people and takes months of preparation for each occurrence. We would be happy never to participate in another execution simply due to the time and expense involved.
Crime in America staff.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, 2008 – STATISTICAL TABLES RELEASED
WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Capital Punishment, 2008 – Statistical Tables (NCJ 228662), presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2008, and persons executed in 2008.
Preliminary data on executions by states during 2009 are included. Tables present state-by-state information on the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during 2008, status of capital statutes, and methods of execution. Numerical tables also summarize data on offender characteristics such as gender, race, Hispanic origin, age at time of arrest for capital offense, legal status at time of capital offense, and time between imposition of death sentence and execution. Data are from the National Prisoner Statistics (NPS-8) series.
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The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.