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The chart above chronicles the United States' use of the death penalty over the years. The chart highlights the rise in use of capital punishment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; a peak in the mid-1930s; a subsequent decline in use and moratorium; and a trend toward more executions in recent years.
[Source: "Executions in the U.S. 1608-1987: The Espy File"; with recent years added by Death Penalty Information Center, http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/]
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PBS Frontline: The Execution
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Parents of Murdered Children
Justice for Murder Victims
Salon.com Article: Executioner's Swan Song?
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Few people could imagine what it would be like to walk down death row as a condemned prisoner. As part of his research into the role of convicted murderer Joe De Rocher, John Packard was allowed to tour the Louisiana State Penitentiary and to experience for himself what it was like to be a dead man walking. Watch what happened on his journey.

 

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