New Reports Show Continued Decline in Death Sentences and Executions

“By any form of measurement, the death penalty is in decline. Texas juries handed down only three death sentences in all of 2015. In 1994, there were 49 death sentences in the state. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty less often and public opinion polling shows Texans are favoring life without parole over death. In short, Texans are learning to live without the death penalty,” said Kathryn Kase, Executive Director of Texas Defender Service.

The reports were issued today by the Death Penalty Information Center and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

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