source: Death Penalty News
published: 3 October 2015
Texas may end 2015 without imposing a sentence of capital punishment, a milestone that parallels declining public support for capital punishment in a state that had been sending the most prisoners to the death chamber.
So far this year, the state’s courts have sentenced no defendant to execution.
Even if all 3 capital cases still on the docket end with the death penalty, this would be Texas’ lowest number for any year since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, according to public defenders.
The last time the state imposed no death sentences was 1974, when a national moratorium was in effect. Since then, Texas has led the United States in the number of convicts put to death at 528, or about 37 percent of the national total.