America's enthusiasm for capital punishment - once a staple of
electoral politics and a perennial hot topic in discussions of the
criminal justice system - continued its decade-long decline this year,
according to the annual report of the Death Penalty Information Center.
number of new death sentences imposed by juries in 2011 fell below 100
for the first time since the reinstatement of capital punishment in
1976. Total executions dropped to 43, three-quarters of those in
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