In the Media

US death penalty at 30-year low

PUBLISHED November 15, 2004

The number of people sentenced to death in the US reached a 30-year low last year, when the death row population fell for the third year, the government reported yesterday.

Some 144 inmates in 25 states were given the death penalty, 24 fewer than in 2002 and under half the average of 297 from 1994 to 2000, said the justice department.