California Death Sentences at 33-Year Low

Fewer death sentences were handed down by California courts during the first half of 2011 than during any six-month period since 1978, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

Just three defendants were sentenced to death from January to June of this year, compared to 13 over the same period last year. “California's death penalty is dead,” Natasha Minsker of the ACLU said in a statement. “The signs are clear: Prosecutors are moving towards life imprisonment with no chance of parole over the legal fiction that is California's death penalty.”

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