43 People Executed During 2012

“Capital punishment is becoming marginalized and meaningless in most of the country,” said Richard Dieter, who lobbies against the death penalty.

Nine states carried out executions during 2012, according to a new report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that lobbies against capital punishment.

Texas (15 executions), Arizona (6 executions), Oklahoma (6 executions), Mississippi (6 executions), Ohio (3 executions), Florida (3 executions), South Dakota (2 executions), Delaware (1 execution) and Idaho (1 execution), were among the nine states, according to the DPIC report.

“The number of executions in 2012 (43) was 56 percent less than the peak in 1999 and equal to last year’s total. The number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Seventy-eight people were sentenced to death in 2012, representing a 75 percent decline since 1996 when there were 315 sentences,” according to the report.

More than half of states either have no death penalty or have not carried out an execution in five years or more.

In November, 52 percent of voters who went to the polls in California turned down Prop. 34 -- a measure to repeal the state’s death penalty. During campaigning, proponents argued Prop. 34 would have saved taxpayer dollars if passed; opponents said the initiative would cost the state.

Among those who filed an argument against Prop. 34 were former California Governor Peter Wilson; Marc Klaas, father of 12-year-old murder victim Polly Klaas; and Keith Royal, president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association.

Although capital punishment is still handed out in California, the state has not carried out an execution in nearly seven years due to legal challenges, including arguments over whether lethal injection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

“Capital punishment is becoming marginalized and meaningless in most of the country,” said Richard Dieter, DPIC’s executive director and the author of the new report. “In 2012, fewer states have the death penalty, fewer carried out executions, and death sentences and executions were clustered in a small number of states. It is very likely that more states will take up the question of death penalty repeal in the years ahead.”

SA December 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
43 that is all? In my opinion, with the advanced technology we have today i.e. DNA etc., death row sentences should be given one appeal and if their sentence is not overturned “off with the head”… I personally believe a single shot is cheap and painless and sex offenders should be put in g.p.
Galactic Cannibal December 18, 2012 at 07:06 PM
So in California its all about the almighty dollar and cost. What a pathetic attitude .
John Doe December 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I agree with you SA, Firing squad would be the fastest and least expensive by far. It would be quick and humane for the individual. Richard Ramerez was to be executed but challenged the humanity of the procedure, I guess his life has been stayed thus far.
Adrian December 18, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Disgusting. Even though some crimes cause me to personally want to see the offender dragged through the streets, no individual or government entity should have the charge of deciding when a human being is to die. I have never understood the right- wing's pro capital punishment fervor. At a basic level, the system functions thusly: if you break one of the State's rules, the state can kill you. Doesn't that seem like the very extreme example of the governmental grasp that the right is so adamantly against?
Jay December 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Damd right its about "the almighty" dollar... in California we pay two too three times the amont to house our inmates. Most of that is because the way death row inmates get treeted... 3 square meakls a day, pesonal cell phone, personal tv, ppersonal gym time... umong other things. I bet the victoms of some of these dirtbags dont have those luxuries... kill the basterds and save us tax payers a lot of money and make room for allbthe third strikes they jst let out...
T 22 December 18, 2012 at 09:49 PM
We have a broken system. They have to be put on death row to assure they will never be released from prison. Life without the possibility of parole, isn't always the truth, in fact, in most cases it's not. The most heinous of crimes are death penalty. If we aren't going to put them to death, then change and fix the structure, so that people like Richard Ramirez and others will never be allowed before the parole board.
TVOR December 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Death penalties should be carried out immediately following the failure of one appeal and they should be televised as a warning to people that there is a price to be paid for committing horrible crimes.
On the right side December 19, 2012 at 06:48 AM
On the right side December 19, 2012 at 06:51 AM
No balls in Ca. They die of old age. but what can you expect from a state run by idiots.
Galactic Cannibal December 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
That is how the Chinese do it ...... no time wasted and a bullet through back of head.
rodger cambell December 19, 2012 at 08:00 PM
...I agree, that's all with 35 million people in CA! There are many many more very bad people that deserve worse. I know that the death penalty is not perfect, but most, at least 99.99% of them, should be working out there issues with God. Also, most of the rest have, mostly, proved to be very bad people, all the same. There just are some bad apples, that have no redemption value on this earth. Sorry, u kill someone, rape, molest.... ...go visit God.
SA December 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Sierra Mist December 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Death row will cost more than life in prison.
Sierra Mist December 20, 2012 at 01:52 PM
ya'll must be texas rednecks
TVOR December 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM
There is certainly redneck in my DNA but not from Texas.
Lake Elsinore Resident December 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
It is simple we are paying way too much money to house these criminals and make sure they are protected. You do something so bad you are sentenced to death then follow through with it. We need to send that example to all of these up and coming copy cats. There is by far too many shootings, for no reason. Gun control only works if you follow the rules. Those with the guns shooting at people are not following the rules. Give them a taste of their own medicine and line them up, and let a the families of those they took a life from take target practice. We spend millions of dollars a year protecting those on death row. Stop spending the money here and put it towards education. When a criminal like Scott Peterson and Richard Ramirez have more spent on them in a year than some schools get to run the school something is wrong. Gov Brown wake up and show the state how to trim a budget clean up death row.


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