Last updated on: 9/12/2012 10:51:08 AM PST
41 Federal Capital Offenses
The US federal government lists 41 capital offenses which are punishable by death. See the full list below.
The capital offenses include espionage, treason, and death resulting from aircraft hijacking. However, they mostly consist of various forms of murder such as murder committed during a drug-related drive-by shooting, murder during a kidnapping, murder for hire, and genocide.
1. State Death Penalty Laws and Information - Get the legal status, a brief state history, and links to state laws for the death penalty for all 50 states and DC. States that authorize the death penalty for crimes other than murder are also highlighted.
2. How are federal and state death penalty laws different? - Read explanations of the differences between state and federal death penalty laws.
3. What are the federal acts and policies governing the death penalty? - Read about the Constitutional basis and various acts and policies which govern the federal death penalty. Links to the source materials are included.
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Capital Punishment, 2010 - Statistical Tables," www.bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov (accessed Aug. 21, 2012)