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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…

Nebraska Republican Group Calls for Voters to Retain the Repeal of the Death Penalty

Gathering against the repeal...
Nebraska: Gathering against the repeal...
LINCOLN, NE – The Republican Liberty Caucus of Nebraska met in Lincoln on Saturday for its biennial convention where it passed a resolution by voice vote declaring that the organization "opposes capital punishment by any method and calls on voters in Nebraska to vote to retain LB 268".

The resolution cited the recent study by conservative Creighton economist Dr. Ernie Goss which found capital punishment to cost $14.6 million more than life without parole annually. It also stated that "the execution of an innocent person constitutes one of the greatest possible abuses of government power."

Founded in 1991, the Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization which promotes individual liberty and limited government within the Republican Party. It has chartered groups in many states, including Nebraska.

State Senator Laura Ebke of Crete, a past chair of the caucus and now a registered independent, said she understands the growing movement by conservatives of all party affiliation to oppose the death penalty.

“The passage of this resolution reflects a growing segment of Nebraska Republicans who recognize that the broken death penalty system can't be fixed. Those of us who don't trust the government with our retirement savings or healthcare, certainly can't trust it to make life and death decisions with perfect fairness and accuracy," Ebke said.

Matt Maly, of Nebraska Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty, also spoke Saturday in opposition to bringing back Nebraska’s death penalty.

"The result of this vote doesn't surprise me. It was conservative legislators who lead the effort to get rid of this wasteful program and it's conservative voters who will keep it gone," Maly said.

“It’s obvious the closer we get to the November election, more and more Republicans and conservatives are deciding that the death penalty is a broken government program that we can do without. This overwhelming vote by a conservative group within the Republican Party sends the message that a growing number of Nebraska Republicans support what our conservative led legislature did and it's important that they get out and vote 'retain' on November 8th."

Source: Retain a Just Nebraska, September 25, 2016. Retain a Just Nebraska is a public education campaign to urge the retention of LB 268, the Nebraska Legislature’s vote to end the death penalty. Supporters include fiscal conservatives, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, murder victims’ families, and Nebraskans from all walks of life. It is a statewide coalition conducting public education on the smart alternative of life in prison without parole, which protects society without the many problems of our death penalty system.

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