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LATEST NEWS (May 22): Colorado's governor indefinitely stayed the execution of Nathan Dunlap. In ordering the stay, Gov. Hickenlooper said, "It is a legitimate question whether we as a state should be taking lives," and referred to the death penalty as an "inequitable system." (Denver Post).
(May 14). A bill to repeal Nebraska's death penalty was not able to overcome a filibuster vote and will not be voted on this year. The vote to end the filibuster was 28-21, but 33 votes were needed. This was the first time since 1979 that a majority of senators sided with those seeking to end the death penalty. (Journal Star).
A new section of DPIC's website demonstrates that capital punishment is actually carried out in only a small percentage of U.S. jurisdictions. For example, one map shows that less than 1% of counties in death penalty states accounted for 30% of the executions in the U.S. since 1976. Similarly, less than 1% of the counties were responsible for 27% of current death row inmates and 35% of recent death sentences.
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