Death Penalty Information Center

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The U.S. Supreme court’s silence on Florida’s appeal settles it:  capital cases in the state require unanimous jury sentences.  But many are dubious about how state courts are applying the standard to previously settled cases and state officials remain uncertain of how far the changes reach.

Nationwide executions by year.
Death Penalty Information Center

The Death Penalty Information Center’s year-end report shows executions and capital sentences are continuing a steady march downward nationwide.

Lawmakers At Odds Over Death Penalty Reforms

Feb 9, 2016
The Florida Capitol Building from Adams Street
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In its Hurst versus Florida ruling, the US Supreme Court found Florida’s death penalty sentencing scheme unconstitutional. Now it’s up to the Florida Legislature to fix this system, but the question is how.

Despite a reputation for being hard line, Florida has reached an 11-year low in the number of death sentences handed down, according to a new report.