Death Penalty

Slow Pace of Executions Moves States To Dump or Reform Death Penalty

Some are "streamlining" appeals to fast-track state killings

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Supporters and opponents of capital punishment agree: The current death penalty is expensive, inefficient, and arbitrary. Some state legislatures have reacted to those faults by abolishing the death penalty, while others are trying to speed it up.

Since 2007, six states have abolished capital punishment—most recently Maryland, which did so this year. But other states, troubled by some of the same problems, have moved in the opposite direction.