Stat of the Day: Capital Punishment Club

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From Amnesty International’s analysis of last year’s death penalty statistics:

One hundred and seventy-nine countries had no executions last year.

That makes the United States one of less than 20 countries that did execute people, which is pretty staggering. I wonder if Burundi and Togo, which both abolished the death penalty in 2009, are pitying us for being backward.

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