🇺🇸 Rates of US execution sharply decline in 2016

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The number of executions in the United States fell to a quarter-century low in 2016 as new death sentences plummeted, indicating that capital punishment is on the decline, a study released on Wednesday showed.

Legal battles and a sales ban on execution drugs will likely hold down the number of state-sponsored killings next year, while the high costs of death penalty cases is set to keep capital punishment prosecutions down as district attorneys instead seek sentences of life in prison without parole, legal experts said.

Ohio, which has executed 53 inmates since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, had a US judge this week delay plans to end its nearly three-year execution hiatus in 2017 to examine its drug procurement secrecy.

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