Death by Geography: A County By County Analysis of the Road to Execution in California

Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher: American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

Author(s): Romy Ganschow

Research Area: Human rights; Justice; Social conditions

Keywords: death penalty; criminal justice

Type: Report

Coverage: California


"Death by Geography" reviews the death-sentencing practices, public safety records, and spending practices of the 24 most populous California counties. The report reveals that while the vast majority of California counties have largely abandoned execution in favor of simply sentencing people to die in prison, just 10 counties continue to aggressively pursue executions, accounting for nearly 85 percent of death sentences since 2000.