Among the key findings:
• 77 people were sentenced to death in 2012, the second lowest number of sentences since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. (That's some progress, I suppose.)
• Of those sentenced, 3 were women, 48% were black, and 40% were white.
• Four states - Florida, California, Texas, and Pennsylvania - were responsible for 66% of the death sentences.
• Only nine counties produced over a third of the death sentences in the country.
I am ashamed that my home state of Pennsylvania is one of the most bloodthirsty four. We have a lot of work to do, fighting uphill against a Republican governor and a GOP-dominated state legislature.
But we must keep up the fight nationwide until the death penalty is abolished in all U.S. states - just as it has already been abolished in most other western democracies.
The death penalty is not about justice, it's about revenge. It's time we joined the more civilized world.
>> Check out the new resource page: Death Sentences in 2012