LOS ANGELES - The number of death sentences and executions in the US has fallen sharply over the past year. For the first time in forty years condemned judges no state more than ten people to death. Twenty death sentences were carried out.
The last year that there were so few executions was 1991. In 1999, 98 prisoners were slain, which was a record year.
According to US media, the Los Angeles County region remained at the forefront in condemning to death. Four criminals were given the highest punishment. In the entire state of California nine criminals heard the ultimate conviction, and that was most of all states. Californian prisons are 750 criminals in the so-called Death Row, but in the state have been no executions in the last decade.
At the executions Georgia and Texas were the most active with respectively nine and seven cases. The other executions were in Alabama (two) and in Missouri and Florida.
According to the US national information center for death sentences clearly the turning away from the death penalty as the ultimate punishment and is growing every year the discomfort of American people when it comes to the death penalty.