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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

"The Death Penalty Continued Its Downward Trend in 2021"

From Reason, via NACDL's news-of-interest:

The authorities executed just 11 prisoners in 2021—the U.S.'s lowest total in recent history. It was the seventh consecutive year that fewer than 30 death row inmates were executed.

According to a December report published by the Death Penalty Information Center, we're also seeing big plunges in death sentences for those newly convicted of capital crimes. Only 18 people were sentenced to death last year, matching the number sentenced in 2020.

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