DPIC's Report Finds 2020 Unprecedented Year for Executions

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According to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), this was an unprecedented year for executions. In the organization's Year End Report for 2020, the center noted that there were 17 people executed by the states this year, down from 22 in 2019. Just five states (including Missouri) carried out executions and only one, Texas, had more than one. This is the lowest number since 1991. Meanwhile, Colorado became the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty, and two states, Louisiana and Utah, reached 10 years with zero executions. There were 18 new death sentences given in 2020, a 45% decline from the previous record low of 31 in 2016.

On the flip side, the federal government executed 10 people in the second half of 2020 after a hiatus of 17 years. By the end of the year, the Trump administration will have carried out more federal executions in a single calendar year than any other presidency in the 20th or 21st centuries. They have also scheduled more executions for the transition period between presidencies than have ever been carried out in the history of the United States.

December 18, 2020 - 11:22am
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