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Americans' Support for Death Penalty Drops, Remains Strong

When executions are carried out at the prison facility in Huntsville, Texas, death penalty opponents are usually on hand to protest. Texas carries out more executions than any other state — 16 last year.  And polls show most Texans support the punishment. One is self-described death penalty advocate Dudley Sharp, who argues that executions ensure killers do not kill again and deter others from doing so. “The evidence that the death penalty deters no one does not exist," he...

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