In 1972 the United States Supreme Court ruled capital punishment unconstitutional and ended the practice throughout the nation. Four years later, in response to a rapidly growing crime rate, the Supreme Court repealed this decision and allowed each state to decide whether or not to exercise the use of capital punishment and for what crimes it would be used (5). Sixteen states have since banne...
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