New death sentences and executions remained near historic lows in 2018 according to the Death Penalty Information Center's year-end report. There were 25 executions carried out last year, which marked the fourth consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions. More than half (13) of 2018's executions took place in Texas. Likewise, there were 42 new death sentences imposed, marking the fourth straight year with fewer than 50 new death sentences. Other findings in the report include that Washington became the 20th state to abolish the death penalty when its Supreme Court declared that capital punishment violated the state constitution. Also, two more people were exonerated from death row, bringing the number of former death-row prisoners exonerated in the U.S. since 1973 to 164.
January 8, 2019 - 7:46am