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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Use of Death Penalty Dropped in '04 for Fifth Year in a Row

Death_penalty_information_centerAccording to the Death Penalty Information Center, the use of the death penalty dropped in '04 for the fifth year in a row.   The number of executions in '04 dropped to 59, down from 64 in '03, and the number of death sentences handed out dropped to 130, down from 144 in '03 and the lowest number in 30 years.  Overall, the '04 numbers show a 40% drop in executions since 1999, and a 50% decline in death sentences handed out since 1999.  The Center attributes the decline to growing questions about the possible innocence of the accused.  The report will be released today, and should be available here.  [Mark Godsey]

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