From CNN’s “Executions continue steady nationwide decline“:
Executions in the United States continued to decrease in 2010, with the 46 death sentences carried out representing a 12% drop from the year before, according to a report issued Tuesday.The 2010 figure is just over half the 85 people executed a decade ago in 2000.
Meanwhile, 114 people were added to death rows around the country this year, just under half the number from 2000, said the report by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), a Washington-based group that opposes capital punishment.
While the issue of capital punishment can generate emotional political and public debate, the center’s report suggested practical reasons for the decrease in executions.
The capital appeals process can be expensive, causing many lawmakers to re-examine the financial consequences of pursing death sentences in a weakened economy, according to the report. Illinois officials reported $100 million had been spent statewide in the past seven years on death penalty prosecutions, despite not executing anyone in 12 years.
For more details, read the article at CNN.