WASHINGTON (RNS) Driven in part by continuing legal disputes related to lethal injection drugs and state moratoriums on the death penalty, the 35 people executed in the U.S. this year marks the fewest in two decades, according to a year-end report by the Death Penalty Information Center.
c. 2012 USA Today WASHINGTON (RNS) The campaign to abolish the death penalty has been freshly invigorated this month in a series of actions that supporters say represents increasing evidence that America may be losing its taste for capital punishment.
In the more than three decades since the national moratorium on the death penalty was lifted, no reliable research has emerged on whether capital punishment has served as a deterrent, according to a review by the National Research Council.
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