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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

Nevada: Vegas architects to design new $860,000 execution chamber

Nevada Death Chamber
Nevada Death Chamber
Nevada officials are contracting with a Las Vegas firm to design a new execution chamber at the Ely State Prison.

The state Board of Examiners voted Tuesday to approve a $94,000 contract with the architectural firm Kittrell, Garlock and Associates. 

The funds will go toward remodeling a courtroom area and part of the visitation area to accommodate executions.

Nevada lawmakers approved $860,000 this spring for a new execution chamber. 

The state's existing death chamber at the shuttered Nevada State Prison in Carson City is not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and state officials have said for about 4 years that they wouldn't be able to carry out capital punishment there.

Executions remain rare in Nevada, which has only carried out the death penalty 12 times since 1977.

Source: Associated Press, December 9, 2015

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