Death Penalty 1 - In 2008, 37 inmates were executed, 5...

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In 2008, 37 inmates were executed, 5 fewer than in 2007 and 16 fewer than in 2006 [D] Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics 1970s gap: Furman v. Georgia: DP without jury guidelines unconstitutional 1976: Gregg v. Georgia : restores DP
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The number of prisoners under sentence of death decreased for the eighth consecutive year in 2008. [D] Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics Decline due to greater reluctance of juries to sentence convicts to death. Atkins v. Virginia , 2002: DP not allowed for mentally retarded Roper v. Simmons , 2005: DP not allowed for juveniles Kennedy v. Louisiana, 2008: DP not allowed for child rape “evolving standards of decency” standard for 8 th Amendment
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Most Executions in a Few States TX: 37% executions in US since 1976 Top 5 states: 66% (TX, VA, OK, MO, FL) 12 states + Washington, DC: no death penalty 13 states + US: < 5 executed since 1976
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Death Penalty in the U.S. ~4,000 executions last 60 years ~1/2 million murders only advanced democracy to use DP Legal Controversy: 8 th Am: no cruel and unusual punishment Q: Is Death Penalty Cruel Excessive Arbitrary or otherwise unjust?
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