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43 People Executed During 2012

“Capital punishment is becoming marginalized and meaningless in most of the country,” said Richard Dieter, who lobbies against the death penalty.

Nine states carried out executions during 2012, according to a new report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that lobbies against capital punishment.

Texas (15 executions), Arizona (6 executions), Oklahoma (6 executions), Mississippi (6 executions), Ohio (3 executions), Florida (3 executions), South Dakota (2 executions), Delaware (1 execution) and Idaho (1 execution), were among the nine states, according to the DPIC report.

“The number of executions in 2012 (43) was 56 percent less than the peak in 1999 and equal to last year’s total. The number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Seventy-eight people were sentenced to death in 2012, representing a 75 percent decline since 1996 when there were 315 sentences,” according to the report.

More than half of states either have no death penalty or have not carried out an execution in five years or more.

In November, 52 percent of voters who went to the polls in California turned down Prop. 34 -- a measure to repeal the state’s death penalty. During campaigning, proponents argued Prop. 34 would have saved taxpayer dollars if passed; opponents said the initiative would cost the state.

Among those who filed an argument against Prop. 34 were former California Governor Peter Wilson; Marc Klaas, father of 12-year-old murder victim Polly Klaas; and Keith Royal, president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association.

Although capital punishment is still handed out in California, the state has not carried out an execution in nearly seven years due to legal challenges, including arguments over whether lethal injection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

“Capital punishment is becoming marginalized and meaningless in most of the country,” said Richard Dieter, DPIC’s executive director and the author of the new report. “In 2012, fewer states have the death penalty, fewer carried out executions, and death sentences and executions were clustered in a small number of states. It is very likely that more states will take up the question of death penalty repeal in the years ahead.”

SA December 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Agree!
Sierra Mist December 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Death row will cost more than life in prison.
Sierra Mist December 20, 2012 at 01:52 PM
ya'll must be texas rednecks
TVOR December 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM
There is certainly redneck in my DNA but not from Texas.
Lake Elsinore Resident December 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
It is simple we are paying way too much money to house these criminals and make sure they are protected. You do something so bad you are sentenced to death then follow through with it. We need to send that example to all of these up and coming copy cats. There is by far too many shootings, for no reason. Gun control only works if you follow the rules. Those with the guns shooting at people are not following the rules. Give them a taste of their own medicine and line them up, and let a the families of those they took a life from take target practice. We spend millions of dollars a year protecting those on death row. Stop spending the money here and put it towards education. When a criminal like Scott Peterson and Richard Ramirez have more spent on them in a year than some schools get to run the school something is wrong. Gov Brown wake up and show the state how to trim a budget clean up death row.

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