USA – More and more horrific crimes happen here every week, and yet, the country’s “eye for an eye” attitude seems to be disappearing.
Fewer states are sentencing criminals to death– just nine out of the 50 in 2012, compared to 13 last year.
43 men were administered the lethal injection over the last year, and just so you baddies don’t get any wicked ideas– more than a third of those (15) were right here in Texas… with more to come.
“Texas had 9 death sentences. That’s a considerable number,” said Richard Dieter with the Death Penalty Information Center in a statement he posted about their 2012 study on YouTube, “but considering they had over 40 death sentences in a year not too long ago, one can see the sharp change in the use of the death penalty.”
This year Connecticut, site of the horrible Sandy Hook shooting, repealed the death sentence. Illinois did so last year. That makes 17 states where it’s off the table.
Kookoo California even put it to a vote in November, and although 48% of folks there wanted it gone, the death penalty stands. But nobody’s been executed there in 7 years.
Jeanne Woodford, an ex-warden at San Quentin who is now strongly against executions, said, “The death penalty costs more than life in prison without possibility of parole.”
79 people were sentenced to die in the U.S. in 2012, the second lowest number since the death penalty was reinstated back in 1976 and just a slight uptick from last year’s 76. Compare that to 315 back in 1996, though, and you can see: execution as form of punishment in America is definitely dying off.