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Newly released comprehensive report showing a clear decline death penalty sentences

Tuesday, November 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released a new comprehensive report showing a clear decline in death penalty sentences -- here in California and across the country.

The report shows that the country has seen the lowest number of death sentences in the last 40 years. And here in California, the vast majority of counties no longer seek the death penalty in capital cases.

That's progress, but there's still a lot of work to do. We are getting closer to eradicating a death penalty system that is broken beyond repair, risks innocent lives, and wastes billions of taxpayer dollars. But we won't stop until every county in California -- and every state in the country -- stops using the death penalty.

This new DPIC report shows that momentum is on our side -- and we need to make sure everyone knows it!

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Now we know that our movement has made tremendous progress, changing hearts and minds across the country. Below are some trends we've seen in California:

  • Only 7 out of 58 counties sought the death penalty in 2014
  • Less than a third of the counties sought the death penalty in the last 5 years
  • Over half of new death penalty sentences in the state came from just 2 counties (LA and Riverside) over the last 5 years

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