Statistics on Capital Punishment in the US Analytical Essay by Nicky

A statistical assessment of capital punishment in the United States, 1973-1993.
# 145386 | 1,966 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper evaluates the data provided by the U.S. Department of Justice to ascertain if there are significant statistical relationships that can explain why a sentence is commuted or not. The paper outlines the methodology, variables and rationale for this analysis and shows that in the majority of cases, commuted sentences lead to life sentences instead. The paper further reveals that education, Hispanic origin and age are all significant factors leading to a person becoming a career criminal with multiple convictions. The paper asserts that additional analysis of this data set is needed to reach specific conclusions on why Hispanic origin and the nature of a career criminal's history are predictors of commutation of sentences in the U.S.
The paper includes several tables of data.

Assessment of Methodology
Variable for Analysis
Rationale of Analysis
Analysis of Data

From the Paper:

"A longitudinal study of inmates taken from the years of 1973 through 1993 form the basis of the methodology, with the U.S. Department of Justice accumulating the sociodemographic data, felony convictions, homicides, and justice records for each of the respondents over time. The methodology has concentrated on ensuring the confidentiality of inmates, defining the population by both male and female inmates incarcerated in U.S. prisons during the years of the analysis. The sampling approach taken to capture the data has been designed to capture the entire sampling frame of inmates that were at one time given death sentences, then commuted or also re-assigned to execution. This is a unique data set in that it captures inmates who have received commuted sentences, with a subset of them having a second conviction that leads to execution."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mark Douglas Cunningham, Jon R Sorensen. (2007). Capital Offenders in Texas Prisons: Rates, Correlates, and an Actuarial Analysis of Violent Misconduct. Law and Human Behavior, 31(6), 553-71. Retrieved December 18, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1385818841).
  • Stewart JH McCann (2008). Societal Threat, Authoritarianism, Conservatism, and U.S. State Death Penalty Sentencing (1977-2004). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(5), 913. Retrieved December 19, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1481555391).
  • Mark Peffley, Jon Hurwitz. (2007). Persuasion and Resistance: Race and the Death Penalty in America. American Journal of Political Science, 51(4), 996-1002. Retrieved December 15, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1353540041).
  • (U.S. Department of Justice, 2008) United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-1993 [Computer file]. ICPSR06512-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-11-12. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06512. Retrieved December 18, 2008, from

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