Washington Post – Study: Prince William, Fairfax among counties that account for majority of U.S. executions

By , Published: October 2 E-mail the writer

Two counties in Northern Virginia are among the 62 jurisdictions that prosecuted the majority of criminals executed in the United States in recent decades, according to a new study.

An analysis released Wednesday by the D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center found that while 32 states allow for capital punishment, most jurisdictions don’t use it. Two percent of the counties in the country were responsible for 685 of 1,320 executions from 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, to 2012.

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