New Death Sentences Hit 35-Year Low

Just 78 sentenced this year: new report

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 15, 2011 7:53 AM CST

(Newser) – The number of death sentences handed down this year dropped 30% compared to last, hitting the lowest level in 35 years, according to a new report. Just 78 people were sentenced to death this year—marking "the first time we've had fewer than...   Read full story »

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