State no longer leads na­tion in ex­e­cu­tions this year

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HOUS­TON | The state of Texas, long the na­tion’s leader in ex­e­cu­tions, lost that dis­tinc­tion in 2016 and its two most pop­u­lous coun­ties didn’t send a sin­gle con­victed killer to death row, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

The change is be­cause grow­ing le­gal and pub­lic hes­i­tance to im­pose the ul­ti­mate pun­ish­ment, ac­cord­ing to the Texas Coali­tion to Abol­ish the Death

Penalty.

Texas ju­ries sent only three con­victed killers to death row this year and none of them came from the two most pop­u­lous coun­ties — Dallas County, and Har­ris County, which in­cludes Hous­ton.

Those two Texas coun­ties have ac­counted for more peo­ple put to death than any other coun­ties in the na­tion since the death penalty was re­in­stated in the U.S. in 1976, ac­cord­ing to the Death Penalty In­for­ma­tion Center.

Seven con­victed killers were given lethal in­jec­tion in Texas this year, the low­est num­ber since three were ex­e­cuted in 1996.

For the first time since 2002, Texas did not lead or tie for the state with the most ex­e­cu­tions. Ge­or­gia has that dis­tinc­tion for 2016, with nine, as only five states — Ge­or­gia, Texas, Mis­souri, Alabama and Florida — ac­counted for

the 20 ex­e­cu­tions na­tion­wide.

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