By Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Oleg Fastovsky of Oleg Fastovsky Attorney at Law
For a fifth straight year in the United States, fewer than 30 people were executed. Additionally, less than 50 new death sentences were handed out, continuing the recent trend in a decline in capital punishment throughout the country. In 2019, states executed 22 prisoners, making it the second fewest total in nearly three decades.
A History of the Death Penalty
The death penalty in the United States dates back to the days of the Jamestown colony. Britain was a major influence in the implementation of capital punishment in the United States, as it was a common practice at the time throughout Europe. The first recorded ...