Death penalty decline holds steady in 2013, but there’s disagreement over why

By The Christian Science Monitor
Friday, December 20, 2013 8:59 EDT
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Thirty-nine people were executed in the United States this year – down from a peak of 98 in 1999. To detractors of the death penalty, it’s one indicator of a trend away from the use of capital punishment. To supporters, the decline largely reflects…

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