US Death Sentences Decline Sharply as Public Attitudes Shift 1 234 567

US Death Sentences Decline Sharply as Public Attitudes Shift

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Only 30 people were sentenced to death in the United States this year, the lowest number since the early 1970s and a further sign of the steady decline in use of the death penalty.

The number is a sharp drop from the 49 death sentences last year and just a small fraction of the peak of 315 in 1996, according to a report from the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that opposes capital punishment and tracks the issue.

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