Sunday, December 22, 2013

The state of the death penalty 2013

Only nine of 32 state with the death penalty carried out execution in 2013, according to a report by the Death Penalty Information Center. 

The number of execution also declined in 2013.  There were 39 execution this year compared with 43 in 2012.  However, the number of scheduled executions that were stayed in 2013 almost matched the number carried out.  Thirty-three executions were scheduled and never carried out.

The death penalty is rarely imposed in this country and executions are even more rare.  If it were not for a few states death sentences and executions would be nearly cut in half.

Texas and Florida accounted for 23 of 39 execution and California and Florida accounted for 39 of 80 death sentences imposed nationwide.  In fact, traditional law and order states like South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Louisiana did not have a single death sentence in 2013.

Still six in ten Americans support the death penalty according to Gallup.

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