9 States Executed People in 2012, a 20-Year Low
Four states, led by Texas, account for 75% of executions
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2012 2:48 PM CST
This 2010 file photo shows the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in California.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

(Newser) – US states executed 43 people this year, the same as last year, but a group that opposes the death penalty says 2012 stats show capital punishment is on the wane across the country. Some highlights from AFP and the AP:

  • Nine states executed people this year, the smallest number in 20 years.
  • Four states accounted for more than three-fourths of the executions: Texas (15), Arizona (6), Mississippi (6), and Oklahoma (6).
  • Seventy-eight people have gotten death sentences this year, down from 315 in 1996. The new sentences were concentrated mostly in Texas, California, Florida, and Alabama.
  • Connecticut became the 17th state to abolish the death penalty, bringing to 29 the number of states that either have no capital punishment or haven't executed anyone in five years.

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Dec 18, 2012 9:02 PM CST
A few things, first capital punishment doesn't work to deter crime. Secondly hundred of death row inmates have been freed from death row since 1980. Dozens of your fellow citizens have been wrongly executed. finally the rate is dropping because the drug they use to kill is no longer being made
Dec 18, 2012 8:05 PM CST
As the Libtard douche-bags would have it. Blame it on anyone but the actual criminal and give the A-Hole a blue ribbon so his/her feelings are not hurt. Way to to Anti-American Liberals!!
Dec 18, 2012 6:25 PM CST
All the hate comments, from a nation of sick, violent haters. America at its worst The haters should die in the NDAA 2012 camps http://www.JustBelieve2012.com