Death Penalty Is Going Out of Style, New Report Says

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Texas is still doing its part
America, you just ain't the criminal-killin' place you used to be.

A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center says that for the first time since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976, less than 100 executions took place in the U.S.

There have been 78 death sentences this year, down from last year's 112.

"This year, the use of the death penalty continued to decline by almost every measure. Executions, death sentences, public support, the number of states with the death penalty all dropped from previous years," said DPIC's executive director Richard Dieter. "Whether it's concerns about unfairness, executing the innocent, the high costs of the death penalty, or the general feeling that the government just can't get it right, Americans moved further away from capital punishment in 2011."

Don't worry, Texans: Your state is still the clear leader in executions. With 13 in 2011, Texas had more than the next two states (Alabama and Ohio) combined. California and Florida have far more current Death Row inmates, but that's partly because they never get around to killing them.

At least four states that have the death penalty had no such sentences this year: Maryland, South Carolina, Missouri and Indiana.

The PDIC also said public sentiment against the death penalty is growing:

Also this year, the Gallup Poll, which measures the public's support for the death penalty, but without offering alternatives, recorded the lowest level of support and the highest level of opposition in almost 40 years. Only 61 percent supported the death penalty, compared to 80 percent in 1994. Thirty-five percent were opposed, compared to 16 percent in 1994. A more in-depth CNN poll gave respondents a choice between the death penalty and life without parole for those who commit murder. Fifty percent chose a life sentence, while 48 percent chose death.



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Smith_90125
Smith_90125

Anyone who says innocent people don't get convicted and "executed" has his head so far up his ass that I'm surprised he hasn't suffocated to death.http://www.innocenceproject.or...

Those who get "life, no parole" are never a threat to society.

Corrupt state, courts and pigs that falsely convict and murder innocent people are a threat to everyone.

Jim C
Jim C

There is a need for the death penalty.  When the criminal is so dangerous to society that we can't risk the damage inflicted if they get out.  Death does prevent escapes 100% of the time.

I highly doubt most of the people executed fall in that category, though, and the overuse of executions does increase the likelihood an innocent person is killed, and decrease the impact of each individual executions.

It really does need to be reserved for special instances.  Especially when the state can't afford the cost of all the automatic appeals.  Hell, they can't even afford the last meal request anymore.

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

Hey Connelly, how about yanking this story yet again and posting some TEXAS poll results since that's the state we live in? How many TEXANS support the death penalty?

ZangKoo2
ZangKoo2

Good! Because State sanctioned murder is NOT the answer!www.Total-Privacy (dot) US

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

It's OK, Texas has a bunch lined up for next year.

The majority of Texans support capital punishment despite the naysaying from the biased bleeding hearts at the DPIC.

Fat Bass Turd
Fat Bass Turd

I say bring back the electric chair ... book 'em & cook 'em!  There is no fear anymore, which is why criminals don't think twice about killin' somebody over much of nothin'.  I say pass an open carry law ... 'cause if they see us openly packin' they'll be less likely to commit a crime.

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

Every killer sitting on TX Death Row (over 450 of them) will say they're innocent. Just ask them, Mr. Pro Murderer Bleeding Heart.

Those who get life w/o parole are still a threat to prison guards and other inmates. Pull your head out of your own ass. Those who are executed, never murder again.

www.prodeathpenalty.com

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

"Murder" is what these cold blooded killers selfishly inflicted on their innocent victims. You know, the victims that are dead and buried while these killers are milking the system to stay alive. Can you see the difference? Obviously not.

Katy
Katy

I don't know whether anyone has done a study on the crime deterrent effect of gun laws. It would be interesting.

However, there HAVE been a lot of studies on the deterrent effect of the death penalty. There's no deterrent effect. At all.Death penalty opponents no longer claim it has a deterrent effect because... well, it clearly doesn't.

Of course, the liberal argument that states with the death penalty have higher murder rates is also untrue...

Richard Doll
Richard Doll

Honestly I don't care about whether it's a deterrent or not.  It's a punishment as fare as I'm concerned, not a deterrent.  I can respect others beliefs that we should not have the death penalty, I just happen to disagree.  However in my mind talk of whether it's a deterrent is not a relevant argument for or against.  It's Capital Punishment, not Capital Deterrent.

Ssnsusbb
Ssnsusbb

FBI statistics are the source of information that states with the death penalty have higher murder rates.

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

Don't brutally murder someone and you won't find yourself on Death Row. It's a pretty simple concept.

Katy
Katy

I think that's got to be the logic behind the death penalty - which is why I pointed out that the prior commenter's deterrence argument was passe. 

The ONLY real logic or reasoning behind the death penalty that works is a kind of "If you do X, we will put you down for it."

That has a sort of common sense "eye for an eye" logic for MOST people, I think. Not for me, but I think the majority just inherently agrees with it, regardless of any arguments about fairness, deterrence, etc. 

H_e_x
H_e_x

Where did I say they increase murders? Illiterate troll is illiterate.

Writer for a FreeFishwrap
Writer for a FreeFishwrap

You are a master of crawfishing when called out. I will give you one more opportunity to tell me why you think murder rates increase in states that impose capital punishment.What's the correlation?

Writer for a FreeFishwrap
Writer for a FreeFishwrap

Still waiting for you to tell me why you think capital punishment cause more murders. Will I be waiting much longer?

H_e_x
H_e_x

That's how trolls operate. They might be dumb as a sack of horse shit, but by golly if they aren't persistent.

H_e_x
H_e_x

The trolling in strong in this one. I am at a lost for words. I blame our education system for producing someone like you.

Smith_90125
Smith_90125

When they're convenient.  

When the facts refute the opinions of the ignorant, they're ignored.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Straw man arguments are so easy to take down.I could say that you didn't say being a kiddie diddler is bad, therefore you like kiddie diddlers, but that would be childish. 

Jim C
Jim C

It could be the other way around.  More murders cause the perception the death penalty needs to be implemented.

Or it could just be a coincidence.  Those happen sometimes.

H_e_x
H_e_x

That's a mighty fine straw man you've knocked down there.What the adults are trying to do is convey that the murder rate, according to the FBI, is high in states that have the death penalty compared to states that do not. But hey, who knows, maybe the FBI is just a liberal front group, in the vein of ACORN, designed to bring down the death penalty.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Since when have facts changed peoples minds, in the South no less?

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