A recent Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) analysis makes encouraging reading: death sentencing and executions in the USA are both declining.
During the decade that has just ended, average annual US death sentencing was less than half what it was during the previous decade. Focusing on the last five years is particularly positive:
“Fewer death sentences were imposed in the second half of the 2010s than in any other 5-year period since capital punishment resumed in the United States in 1973.”
The number of annual executions also reduced dramatically, down 45.1% in the decade beginning 2010 compared with the previous decade.
Jeffrey Wogenstahl welcomes this trend and hopes it continues. We do too.