2016 Could Have The Fewest Executions In The US In Decades
So far this year, 17 prisoners have been executed by state authorities.By Ryan Biek | October 24, 2016
The U.S. is on track to execute the least number of death row inmates in 25 years.
So far this year, 17 prisoners have been executed by state authorities, a 32 percent drop from last year alone.
Part of the reason for the decline could be dwindling public support. Polls show just under half of Americans support the death penalty — its lowest level in over 40 years.