19 Facts You Don't Know About DEATH PENALTY

Facts About Death Penalty

1. At least 1 in 25 people sentenced to the death penalty in the U.S. are innocent.

2. Death penalty trials are 20 times more expensive than trials seeking a sentence of life in prison without parole.

3. The Death Penalty is legal in 32 U.S. states.

4. Since 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court, 1,394 people have been executed (as of December 2014).

5. The death penalty was outlawed in the UK partly because a man was wrongfully executed for the murder of his wife and daughter in 1950.

6. Drug possession and trafficking is punished in Singapore with the death penalty.

7. Company executives in China can get sentenced to death for committing fraud.

8. Possessing Bibles, watching South Korean movies and distributing pornography may be punished with death in North Korea.

9. Crucifixion is still an official form of death penalty in Sudan.

10. China executes the death penalty more than 4 times as the rest of the world combined.

11. In 1944, a 14-year-old African-American was executed in the U.S. after a quick 2-hour trial with little evidence.

12. Saudi Arabia, a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, punished 2,000 people with the death penalty since 1985.

13. In the 16th century, England punished vagabonds with two years of servitude for the first offence and death penalty for the second.

14. The night before his execution, a man in Georgia escaped from prison and, later that night, was beaten to death in a bar fight.

15. The state of Washington may still execute prisoners by hanging.

16. In 2005, A Chinese company used skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe.

17. Nike's slogan "Just do it" was inspired from the last words of a man about to be executed.

18. Atheism is punished with the death penalty in 13 countries.

19. Bill Cosby spoke out against giving the death penalty to the man who shot and killed his own son.

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