Location:
CRIME AND CRIMINALS; PRISONS AND PRISONERS - STATISTICS;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


March 30, 2011

 

2011-R-0169

NUMBER OF MURDERS AND PEOPLE INCARCERATED FOR MURDER

By: Christopher Reinhart, Chief Attorney

You asked about the number of murders in Connecticut in the last 20 years and the number of people incarcerated for murder, other than death row inmates.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports the number of murders in Connecticut in its annual Crime in Connecticut reports. The most recent report covers 2009. For the 20-year period from 1990 to 2009, there were 2,718 murders in Connecticut. The number of murders per year ranged from a low of 88 in 2002 to a high of 216 in 1994. In 2009, there were 107 murders in Connecticut. Table 1 and chart 1 display the number of murders per year during this 20-year period.

Table 1: Number of Murders in Connecticut, 1990 to 2009

Year

Number of Murders

Year

Number of Murders

1990

168

2000

98

1991

187

2001

106

1992

168

2002

88

1993

206

2003

117*

1994

216

2004

100

1995

150

2005

112

1996

158

2006

135

1997

124

2007

108

1998

135

2008

128

1999

107

2009

107

*DPS states that this includes 16 victims of a Hartford nursing home arson.

Chart 1: Number of Murders in Connecticut, 1990 to 2009

According to information provided by the Department of Correction (DOC), 977 inmates were incarcerated for murder crimes on January 1, 2011, in addition to the 10 inmates who are sentenced to death. Of these 977 inmates, 822 have been sentenced for their crimes and 155 are incarcerated while awaiting trial or sentencing. Table 2 shows the number of sentenced and unsentenced inmates for each type of murder crime, other than those sentenced to death.

Table 2: People Incarcerated for Murder Crimes but not Sentenced to Death,

January 1, 2011

Crimes

Sentenced

Unsentenced

Total

Murder (CGS 53a-54a and prior versions of this crime)

599

119

718

Capital felony (CGS 53a-54b)

45*

12

57

Felony murder (CGS 53a-54c)

176

24

200**

Arson murder (CGS 53a-54d)

2

0

2

TOTAL

822

155

977

*An additional 10 inmates are sentenced to death for capital felonies.

**DOC currently holds one additional inmate for felony murder under federal charges.

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