Report: Executions rise as death sentences decline

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(RNS) The number of state-sponsored executions jumped 41 percent in 2009 even as the number of death penalty sentences dropped, according to a new report from the Washington-based Death Penalty Information Center. Last year’s 52 executions nationwide represented a 41 percent increase from the 37 executions in 2008, the DPIC said in its annual report […]

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