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"Once again, we met murder victim family members at a First Unitarian Church event tonight. It seems that everywhere we go to speak, there are witnesses of the violence that spreads in Texas..."
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Friday, October 22, 2010 Quick Summary:
Texas carried out its 17th execution of the year - the state's 464th execution since 1982; the 225th in the administration of Governor Rick Perry. Texas has far and away the most active death chamber in America, accounting for more than 37% of the nation's post-Furman executions.
To date, there have been 43 executions in the nation in 2010, and 1,231 executions since 1977. According to TDCJ, one more execution is scheduled in Texas during 2010, on December 1. One execution date has already been set for 2011.
...Between 1924 and 1964, 361 human beings were executed by electrocution.There were no executions between 1964 and 1982. No executions…In 1982, executions resumed following new capital punishment laws passed by the State of Texas, among them changing the method of execution to lethal injection. Since 1982, 463 individuals have been executed by lethal injection.In total since 1819, 1,214 human beings (all but six of whom have been men) have been executed in Texas as of 17 August 2010. This obviously does not include the victims of savage lynchings.1,214 human beings officially liquidated since 1819. How much more blood and violence until Texas realizes that the death penalty does not solve crime? (Text thanx to Gilles!)
Karl Keys at Capital Defense Weekly and Death Penalty Information Center as well as many other online venues such as National Coalition Against the Death Penalty and Rick Halperin's Death Penalty News and Updates also note execution dates in Texas and other states. Most of these provide free updates upon request...or can be easily found online...
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