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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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1,267

The number of government-sanctioned executions in the United States since 1976.

2.3 million

The average cost of a death penalty case in Texas.

5

Number of executions in Washington state since 1976.

96

Number of countries that have abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

5th

Rank of the United States in number of executions per year, behind China, Iran, Pakistan, and Iraq.

95%

Percentage of death row inmates who cannot afford their own attorney.

80%

Percentage of all death sentences in the United States that occur in the South.

4.3

Times more likely a defendant is to receive a death penalty in Georgia if they are accused of killing a white person as opposed to an African-American person.

Sources:   Amnesty International, The Death Penalty Information Center, CBS News, The American Civil Liberties Union.

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