Fewer States Executed Inmates In 2012
Lowest number in 20 years.
The Death Penalty Information Center is reporting that despite 33 states having the death penalty, only nine actually went through with it in 2012. The total is the lowest number in 20 years.
The report says:
Texas executed 15 people, and Arizona, Oklahoma and Mississippi each executed six. Ohio and Florida each executed three inmates. South Dakota executed two, and Delaware and Idaho each executed one. All of the executions were by lethal injection.
That total of 43 executions is the same number as it was last year. There are also no more executions scheduled for the rest of this year.