Three states approve measures condoning death penalty

Three states approved state-wide measures in support of capital punishment last Tuesday, November 8. In traditionally liberal California, voters opposed a measure to ban the death penalty and passed a proposal seeking to speed up court proceedings for capital punishment cases. In comparison, voters in conservative Oklahoma passed a measure seeking to secure the use of the death penalty by a two-to-one margin, also allowing lawmakers to assign any method of execution not specifically banned in the United States constitution. Nevada, for its part, voted to reject a ban on the death penalty.

Executions have been put on hold recently in several states because of legal battles surrounding the death penalty, and because of the shortage of drugs for lethal injection. California has the largest number of inmates awaiting execution – around 750 inmates are on death row – but the state performed its last execution in 2006.

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