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August 1, 2016

Will there be fewer than 20 executions in 2016?

As I changed the month on my calendars, I thought to take a looks at the Death Penalty Information Center's list of recent executions and list of scheduled executions.  These lists confirmed my sense that, after a notable number of executions a notable number of states in the first part of 2016 (a total of 14 executions in five different states through early May), there is now almost a de facto moratorium on executions throughout nearly all of the United States.

Specifically, there has been only a single execution in summer 2016 (a few weeks ago in Georgia), and Texas appears to be the only state right now with any serious execution dates scheduled for the rest of 2016.  And if only a couple of the remaining 2016 scheduled Texas executions get delayed, there will be the fewest executions in the US this year in a quarter-century.

With highly symbolic votes on the death penalty's future in California and Nebraska in November, I have already begun thinking about 2016 as a possible "tipping point" year for capital punishment.  But this year's execution realities highlights that, for most functional purposes, the death penalty is continuing to die a slow death throughout the United States.

August 1, 2016 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

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Dylann Roof is challenging the constitutionality of the federal death penalty law

https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/dylann-roof-challenges-constitutionality-of-the-federal-deat

Posted by: Joe | Aug 1, 2016 9:33:42 PM

Speriamo !! I hope so.

Posted by: claudio giusti | Aug 2, 2016 10:16:23 AM

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