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Death Sentences And Executions In The US Are The Lowest In Decades

Death sentences were at the lowest number since the mid-1970s.
Posted at 10:15 AM, Dec 21, 2016

The number of people sentenced to death and executed in the U.S. is the lowest in decades.

According to a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center, judges and juries handed down 30 new death sentences this year — the lowest since the mid-1970s.

And 20 executions were carried out in 2016, which is the fewest since 1991.

SEE MORE: California And Nebraska Voted Against Banning The Death Penalty

Death sentences and executions have steadily declined for decades, but the death penalty likely won't go away any time soon.

Although fewer executions are being handed down now, voters in three states recently voted in favor of the death penalty.