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Capital punishment is a very controversial topic that people have different views about Some people dont know very much about capital punishment and I think everyone should know the pros and cons of it Capital punishment also called the death penalty is the execution of a convicted felon as a punishment for a crime Capital punishment in the U S A is officially sanctioned by 38 of 50 states The state with the most amount of executions since 1967 is Texas with 335 executions The states with the least amount of executions are Kansas New Hampshire Mew jersey New York and South Dakota with zero executions The state with the most amount of inmates on death row is California with 647 inmates on death row The state with the least amount of inmates on death row is New Hampshire with zero inmates on death row Between 1976-2002 7524 death sentences were issued 820 inmates on death row 268 who died of natural causes suicides or murder The suicide rate on death row is 133 per 100000 There have been 176 commuted sentences 2403 inmates have been released retried or re-sentenced From 1976-2002 out of 944 executions 776 executions were by lethal injections 153 were by electrocution 11 were by gas three were from hanging and two from a firing squad Currently lethal injection is being used by 37 of the 38 states that sanction the death penalty California Nevada Wyoming Maryland Missouri Arizona Oregon Colorado New Mexico Mississippi and North Carolina use gas The electric chair is the primary form of execution in Alabama Arkansas South Carolina and Virginia and it is the only method in South Carolina 64 percent of Americans are in favor of capital punishment 56 percent prefer the death penalty to life in prison 41 percent believe it deters murder but 53 percent didnt think there was much effect 36 percent wanted more executions while 21 percent wanted less executions I
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