Texecutions: Six Out of Every Ten in America

Sixty percent of all executions in 2007 were performed in Texas. Elsewhere, the number of executions dropped.

Of the 42 executions in the last year, 26 were in Texas. The remaining 16 were spread across nine other states, none of which executed more than three people. Many legal experts say the trend will probably continue.

One law professor predicts in the not too distant future, all executions will be Texecutions. Perhaps he's right as New Jersey and other states are beginning to see the light.

There do seem to be slight stirrings suggesting that other states might follow New Jersey. Two state legislative bodies — the House in New Mexico and the Senate in Montana — passed bills to abolish capital punishment, and in Nebraska, the unicameral legislature came within one vote of doing so.

If you haven't checked out the Texas Department of Criminal Justice death page recently, it's here. Last meals are no longer listed -- instead you can read the last statements of those put to death.

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    Texas (none / 0) (#1)
    by TexasB on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 02:24:16 PM EST
    It would probably help if we had "life without parole" as an option for jurors.

    jeralyn, i would have expected you (none / 0) (#2)
    by cpinva on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 04:21:30 PM EST
    to note that same report indicated that texas wasn't actually executing more people, just that everyone else is executing fewer. this is why their % of the total jumped.

    the truth is bad enough, we don't need to play the right-wing games of omission/commission to make our point.