Capital punishment has a complicated history, both worldwide and particularly in the United States. Due to the efforts of human rights groups and evolutions in society, the world has many fewer executions today than decades and centuries ago. According to the United States Department of Justice, there were forty-six executions in 2010. Forty-six is a lit...
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