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Death penalty may be on the way out in US: report

Executions in the US declined to 20 this year, the lowest since 1991 and well below the 1999 peak of 98 executions, stoking hopes for opponents of the death penaltyThe days of capital punishment may be numbered in the United States, with sharp reductions in new death sentences and executions carried out amid waning public support, according to a report released Wednesday. The Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington-based nonprofit organization, said statistics point to a continued record decline in the use of killing as punishment. “America is in the midst of a major climate change concerning capital punishment,” said Robert Dunham, DPIC’s executive director and the author of the report.

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