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Tue Dec 20, 2016, 04:21 PM

When it comes to executions, there's a new sheriff in town

Georgia overtook Texas as #1 in the nation for putting convicted criminals to death. Most importantly, executions overall are trending down...

Georgia led the nation this year in the number of inmates put to death, an anomaly that's due at least in part to executions in Texas dipping into single digits for the first time in 20 years.

With nine lethal injections in 2016, Georgia accounted for nearly half of the 20 executions nationwide. It was the most inmates the state has put to death in a calendar year since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed executions to resume 40 years ago. It was almost twice as many as the state's previous record of five, set in 1987 and matched last year.

Texas, meanwhile, executed seven inmates, the fewest the state has put to death since 1996, when three people were executed. Alabama had two executions, and Florida and Missouri had one apiece.

Executions and new death sentences have been on the decline in recent years for a variety of reasons, and that continued in 2016.


http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/georgia-leads-nation-number-executions-texas-slows-44299968

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