USA: U.S. EXECUTIONS NEAR A 25-YEAR LOW
October 24, 2016: The U.S. is on track for its fewest executions in a quarter century, Pew Research
(Source: hdnews.net, 24/10/2016)
inmates have been executed so far this year, according to a database maintained
by the Death Penalty Information Center. Three additional executions are
scheduled for this year. If all three proceed as planned, the yearâ€™s 20
executions will be the fewest since 1991, when 14 were recorded. The U.S. has
executed at least 28 people in each year since 1992. Five states â€“ Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas â€“ account for the 17 completed and three
scheduled executions this year. This represents the fewest states to carry out
executions in any year since 1983.
In 1999, by
comparison, 20 states conducted executions, Pew reported.
for the national decline in executions has been a decrease in Texas, which is scheduled to execute eight
inmates this year, a 20-year low. Texas has long been the nationâ€™s
leader in executions, carrying out nearly five times as many as any other state
since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. During that
span, Texas carried out 538 executions, compared with 112 in Oklahoma and 111 in Virginia.