Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Executions by States Fell in 2015, Report Says

Executions in the United States in 2015 fell to their lowest number in nearly 25 years, and new death sentences imposed by courts declined to levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to a report released Wednesday.

The annual survey by the Death Penalty Information Center recorded 28 executions this year, the fewest since 1991, when there were 14.

“The numbers are consistent with a long-term trend in which public support for the death penalty is dropping, the number of executions is dropping and the number of death penalties imposed is dropping,” said Robert Dunham, the center’s executive director.

Among the concerns cited in the study was one about the fairness of many death penalty prosecutions, an unease that has been heightened by the number of exonerations of death row inmates in recent years.


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