Thursday, November 17, 2005

Voting their conscience

Interesting follow-up to the post about execution: the numbers of death sentences and executions have been in steady decline for the past few years. Last year Texas executed 23 prisoners, with Ohio (7) a distant second. On Sept. 1, a law was passed that will allow jurors in Texas to consider life without parole as an alternative to the death sentence, something the other 37 death-penalty states already allow. It will be interesting to see how this affects the number of death sentences handed out in Texas.

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