The Death Penalty in Early 20th Century New York: 1901-1935

Marie Balfour, University at Albany

Large numbers of prisoners were sentenced to death in New York during the early 20th century. Most were executed, but many were spared execution because of court action and executive clemency. This paper focuses on the death-sentenced prisoners in New York between 1901 and 1935 and examines and attempts to account for differences in the outcomes of their cases. It also describes changes that occurred in New York's capital punishment laws during the time period and examines how the laws were carried out during this period of state history.

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