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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…

New Hampshire Senate takes up death penalty suspension bill

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers are deciding whether to suspend the state's death penalty rather than repeal it outright.

The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Kevin Avard of Nashua. 

The measure would suspend use of the death penalty until "methods exist to ensure that the death penalty cannot be imposed on an innocent person."

New Hampshire is the only state in New England with the death penalty still on the books, and efforts to repeal it in 2014 deadlocked in the 24-member Senate.

Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing a Manchester police officer in 2006, is the state's only person on death row. 

The bill would not affect anyone sentenced to death prior to the suspension.

New Hampshire's last execution was in 1939.

Source: The Associated Press, March 3, 2016

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