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The essay pans the whole world and presents the death penalty practices In the last paragraph the paper focuses on the USA exclusively Over half the countries in the world have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice 75 countries and territories have abolished the death penalty for all crimes 14 countries have abolished the death penalty for all but exceptional crimes such as wartime crimes 20 countries can be considered abolitionist in practice they retain the death penalty in law but have not carried out any executions for the past 10 years or more Making a total of 109 countries which have abolished the death penalty in law or practice 86 other countries retain and use the death penalty but the number of countries which actually execute prisoners in any one year is much smallerDeath More than three countries a year on average have abolished the death penalty for all crimes in the past decade Over 30 countries and territories have abolished the death penalty for all crimes since 1990 They include countries in Africa examples include Angola C dIvoire Mauritius Mozambique South Africa the Americas Canada Paraguay Asia Hong Kong Nepal Europe Azerbaijan Bulgaria Estonia Georgia Lithuania Poland Turkmenistan UkraineIbid Once abolished the death penalty is seldom reintroduced Since 1985 over 40 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or having previously abolished it for ordinary crimes have gone on to abolish it for all crimes During the same period only four abolitionist countries reintroduced the death penalty One of them Nepal which reintroduced the death penalty for murder has since abolished it for all crimes one the Philippines has resumed executions but there have been no executions in the other two Gambia Papua New GuineaShould During 2000 at least 1457 prisoners were executed in 27 countries and 3058 people were sentenced to death in 65 countries In 2000
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