ARE WOMEN OVER REPRESENTED ON DEATH ROW?
As of 12/31/10 (1): 3100 men and 58 women were on death row, or a ratio of 53:1, with woman making up 1.8% of the total
“while women comprise 13 percent of U.S. murder arrests, they account for only 2 percent of the death sentences, and make up only 1.5 percent of all persons presently on death row.” That 1.5% is nearly exact with the 1.4% I predict within that 70:1 ratio.
“only 2 percent?” 2% is higher than we would predict.
Streib wrongly uses “murder” arrests, which are not “capital” murders, but all murders. He is not even speaking of the proper crimes for a death sentence. He is aware of what he is doing.
I say that only about 10% of all murders are death penalty eligible. Some say 15-20%.
That 70:1 ratio is looking pretty close, maybe just as it should.
Currently, there are about 58 women on death row, certainly within any reasonable margin of error, particularly given any random chance disparity in sentencing, as well as the crucial differences within and between all cases.
Streib was wrong to use all murders. I was correct to look at capital murders.