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Death Penalty in Texas is on the decline, report says

A gurney used for administering drugs in death penalty cases.

The Death Penalty Information Center released the 2017 year-end report, and it shows that executions in the Lone Star State continue to be on the decline.

2017 saw the fewest number of executions that the Lone Star State has carried out in more than 10 years.

Texas is still the national leader after executing seven people in 2017, but executions and new death sentences have been steadily declining in our state over the past decade.

The decline could be a result of the March Supreme Court ruling that ordered Texas to use modern medical standards when determining if someone was fit to be executed, but a recent Gallup poll shows otherwise.

Although the poll shows that 55% of Americans support the death penalty, that’s the lowest level of support in 45 years.

Houston embodies the change the most. Harris County has executed more prisoners than any other county in U.S. history, but the county didn’t execute any prisoner in 2017 and that’s the first time that’s happened in more than 40 years.

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