Capital punishments are on the declines, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. A new report says that state-sanctioned executions have fallen to the lowest number in 25 years. This year, there were 28 death penalties recorded, the lowest since 1991 (when states reported 14). The center’s executive director, Robert Dunham, told The New York Times, “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.” He thinks a major reason for growing public opposition to the death penalty seems to be the rising number of exonerations of death row inmates—causing people to question the fairness of the death penalty. And as a result, many juries are opting to sentence offenders to life in prison rather than death, which is causing a drop in court-sentenced executions—in face, the report indicates numbers the country hasn’t seen since the ’70s.
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