Across the world, death sentences and executions are happening for all sorts of reasons, and in many countries the legal protections advanced by Terence Lenamon and other criminal defense lawyers like him are not provided to the accused or to the convicted.
2018: More Executions in the United States
This month, Amnesty International released its latest findings into executions by the government worldwide. Among them:
- Amnesty International recorded at least 690 executions in 20 countries in 2018;
- There were 31% less executions in 2018 than in 2017 (at least 993);
- In 2018, there were fewer executions reported than Amnesty International has recorded in the past 10 years;
- The number of executions (25) and death sentences (45) reported in the United States rose in 2018 (albeit “slightly” as compared to 2017);
- Texas nearly doubled its figure compared to 2017 (from 7 to 13);
- Nebraska carried out its first execution since 1997;
- South Dakota carried out its first execution since 2012; and
- Tennessee carried out its first execution since 2009.
Full Report: Death Sentences and Executions 2018 by Amnesty International
For more on the Death Penalty in 2018, read the full text of the new report from Amnesty International: