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Why are Fewer Death Sentences Being Handed Down in Texas?

The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty holds its annual conference this weekend in Houston. Harris County has been described in the past as the death penalty capital of the world because so many death sentences were once handed down here, but last year there were only two. We explore what’s behind that decline, and […]

The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty holds its annual conference this weekend in Houston. Harris County has been described in the past as the death penalty capital of the world because so many death sentences were once handed down here, but last year there were only two.

We explore what’s behind that decline, and other developments surrounding the death penalty with Ken Williams, professor of law at South Texas College of Law. He’s the author of a book about the death penalty called Most Deserving of Death?

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