The Death Penalty in 2014: Year End Report

On December 19, 2014, in Human Rights, Justice, by editor2

Death Penalty Information Center. December 17, 2014.

In 2014, 35 people were executed, the fewest in 20 years. Death sentences dropped to their lowest level in the modern era of the death penalty, with 72 people sentenced to death, the smallest number in 40 years. Just seven states carried out executions, and three states (TexasMissouri, and Florida) accounted for 80% of the executions. The number of states carrying out executions was the lowest in 25 years. Seven people were exonerated from death row this year, including three men in Ohio, who were cleared of all charges 39 years after their convictions, the longest time among all death row exonerees. There have now been 150 people exonerated from death row since 1973. [Note: contains copyrighted material]

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The White House. Office of the Press Secretary. December 17, 2014.

Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has taken steps aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future. Today, the President announced additional measures to end our outdated approach, and to promote more effectively change in Cuba that is consistent with U.S. support for the Cuban people and in line with U.S. national security interests.”

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The White House. Office of the Press Secretary. December 17, 2014.

“In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.  Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people, and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas.”

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Center for Strategic and International Studies. December 15, 2014.

In Chapter 3 of Religious Radicalism after the Arab Uprisings, Thomas Sanderson and contributors Joshua Russakis and Michael Barber address the key challenges for counterterrorism policy in the current environment. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://csis.org/files/publication/Alterman_ReligiousRadicalism_Sanderson_Chapter3_CT%20Challenge.pdf [PDF format, 56 pages].

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The Brookings Institution. December 15, 2014.

The longest war in American history is approaching its moment of truth. Next year, the American- and Nato-built Afghan army will face Pakistani-backed Taliban insurgents with only modest and decreasing foreign assistance. President Barack Obama has promised even that small troop presence will end by 2017. He needs to revisit this decision. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.brookings.edu/research/opinions/2014/12/15-revisit-afghanistan-end-game-plan-riedel [HTML format].