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KBSI Perspective
Good news on the execution front for 2013. Total execution deaths are down by 10%. Get this, it is only the second time in twenty years that fewer than 40 people were put to death. The figure for 2013 was 39. Now for all you “hang them from the highest tree” believers there are several reasons. Courts are starting to wise up with a drop in new death sentences and there seems to be an inaccessibility of lethal drugs. Also, something that I am happy about is what USA Today calls the “erosion of public support for the death penalty.” Actually, 80 people were sentenced to death this last year but compare that to 1996 when 315 were placed on death row. Right now, 3,108 are on death row and a Gallop Poll says only 60% of us support the death penalty. While that number is still above half the population is it is the lowest level in 40 years. Our friends in Texas led the way, once again, with 16 but last year in the Lone Star state only nine people were sentenced to death. That low number might cause Texas to lose the top spot in the next couple of years. Missouri had two executions. There still is a solid majority of people who believe the death penalty is right for some cases but let’s not forget that it has been proven time and time again not to be a deterrent and the legal cost factor over 15 to 20 years is just outright prohibitive. We are on the right track to save millions of tax dollars in our courts with less death penalties and I could not be more pleased. What do you think?Lower Execution Rates in 2013


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