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Study: Death Penalty Use Drops Sharply in US

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The number of executions in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since 1991, according to a study by the Death Penalty Information Center. As of Dec. 15, 28 death row inmates were executed in the U.S., said the non-profit DPIC, which says it tracks data about capital punishment but does not take a position on the issue.  In a news release, the DPIC noted that “the use of the death penalty in the U.S. declined by virtually every measure" this year. “The use of the...

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