Texas Death Row Executions (December 1982 - February 2016)
For our project we had to find a data set and make a visual representation of it. We scoured the internet looking at different sets of data until we stumbled upon the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Death Row data set. It is a bit morbid but when you look at the information provided it it very interesting.
Since 1982 there have been 534 executions in the state of Texas. The information provided from this source of data includes the offender's name, race, date of their execution, and county in which they committed the crime. The following charts and maps help visualize the vast amount of data provided.
Executions Per Capita by County With Income Information
This map is broken down by county and average income information. Each dot on the map shows a number that represents the counties in which executions occur. The dots are also color coded. The red shows a lower average income and and the green shows a higher average income. This is an interesting visualization because it appears that the counties with a lower average income experience a higher rate of crimes that result in an execution.
Executions Per Capita by County
This chart shows the counties averaging 4.2 executions per capita or lower. This chart helps visualize the counties that have a lower rate of execution per capita, since they are not as visible on the above map.
Executions by Month (2010 - 2015)
This data set is particularly interesting because it shows what months are the most popular for executions. As you can see by looking at the data its pretty average across the board. But The month of December is surprisingly low. This raises the question why? Christmas, holidays, and vacation are all possibilities. The clear winner for most popular month though is April.
Number of Executions Per Year Since 2000
This line graph shows the number of executions per year from 2000-2015. A decline in the number of executions per year is definitely apparent. If you scroll your mouse over the chart it will show how many executions each point on the graph represents.
This circle chart provides a visual breakdown of the race of all of the executed offenders. Remarkably only 2 of the 534 executed offenders were something other than White, Black, or Latino.
County Income Bracket vs. Age When Executed